av·e·nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü , -ˌnyü \

Definition of avenue 

1 : a way of access : route

2 : a channel for pursuing a desired object avenues of communication

3a chiefly British : the principal walk or driveway to a house situated off a main road

b : a broad passageway bordered by trees

4 : an often broad street or road

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Examples of avenue in a Sentence

We drove down the avenue. We plan to pursue all available avenues to get our message to the public. They have closed off that avenue of discussion. a new avenue of research
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Businesses in the area will be accessible going southbound on North 25th Street from West St. Paul to West Mount Vernon avenues. Diana Dombrowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "North 25th Street Bridge over Menomonee River to close through early August," 6 July 2018 The work will take place on the south side of the roadway, parallel to the eastbound lanes, from State Road 7 to Northwest 12th Avenue, and on both sides of the roadway from Northwest 12th to Northwest Second avenues. Kari Barnett, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bridge replacement affects Sandalfoot Boulevard in West Boca," 6 July 2018 This focus on being her true self spills over to other avenues of her life, too. Hannah Pasternak, SELF, "Chloë Grace Moretz Shares Her Daily Beauty Routine," 2 July 2018 Generally speaking, the area is smack dab in the middle of Reno, from California Avenue on the north to Mount Rose Street, and east to west from Arlington to Holcomb avenues. Natasha Bourlin, SFChronicle.com, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 Bethany Home Road was closed from 33rd to 35th avenues while the accident was invstigated. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "2 injured after driver flees Phoenix police; Bethany Home Road restricted," 1 June 2018 The closure will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will only affect the portion from Napoleon to Louisiana avenues. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "St. Charles Avenue heading downtown to close briefly Friday: Napoleon to Louisiana," 17 May 2018 The North Ainsworth Street work will limit drivers access from Greeley to Williams avenues. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Wednesday Traffic: PBOT paving work slows traffic on Ainsworth and Holgate," 2 May 2018 In total, 11 others have been shot and injured this year in the Liberty Square area, which runs from Northwest 12th to 15th avenues and 62nd to 67th streets. Charles Rabin And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "Liberty Square sees more police but many say they're not solution to gun violence | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of avenue

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avenue

Middle French, from feminine of avenu, past participle of avenir to come to, from Latin advenire — more at adventure

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English Language Learners Definition of avenue

: a wide street

: a path or driveway that leads to a house located off a main road

: a way of achieving something or of reaching a goal


av·e·nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü , -ˌnyü \

Kids Definition of avenue

1 : a wide street

2 : a way of reaching a goal She saw the job as an avenue to success.

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