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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Chants and insults As the rally got under way, hundreds of counterprotesters faced off with the Patriot Prayer supporters from the other side of a broad avenue, Naito Parkway. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Heavy police presence as Patriot Prayer group rallies in Portland, Oregon," 5 Aug. 2018 Bounded by Esplanade and St. Bernard avenues, this part of New Orleans holds several Creole cottages and shotguns. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 16 most Instagrammable places in U.S. cities," 18 July 2018 There was a whole lot of life visible at Euclid and Imperial avenues Saturday afternoon, as Southeast San Diego residents gathered for the Fifth Annual Four Corners of Life Celebration. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Celebrating life at Euclid and Imperial, once known as Four Corners of Death," 8 July 2018 The parade starts at the intersection of Towsontown and Bosley avenues, heads north up Bosley Avenue, east across Allegheny Avenue and finally south on Washington Avenue. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Rosie the Riveters to lead 124th Towson 4th of July Parade," 28 June 2018 Shakespeare in the Park, 6:30 p.m., Bramble Park, Bramble and Homer avenues, Fairfax. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 25-July 1," 25 June 2018 The crash was reported about 3 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of North Green Bay and West Glendale avenues, where a driver ran a stop light and struck the woman's vehicle, according to a news release. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "70-year-old Milwaukee woman killed in crash after driver runs stop light, both cars go airborne," 25 June 2018 Some researchers in the US government are starting to show concern about another avenue of attack: remote hacking of an airplane. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Hacks on a Plane: Researchers Warn It's Only 'a Matter of Time' Before Aircraft Get Cyber Attacked," 8 June 2018 There are many, many avenues to discovering the multi-talented Nico Tortorella. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Younger’s Nico Tortorella on Nightstand Crystals, Edible Detox Charcoal, and Doing a Lot of Mushrooms in His Apartment," 6 June 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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