av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web The incident reportedly occurred at the intersection Rutgers and McAdoo avenues. Tim Darnell, ajc, "3 Jersey City officers hospitalized after shots fired," 26 Dec. 2019 With Tiffany's, LVMH not only acquires a company with 151 years of history in iconic designs, but a modern behemoth, with a 5th avenue flagship that's a cultural icon (thanks to Breakfast at Tiffany's) and 300 stores world wide. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Luxury Giant LVMH Just Bought Tiffany and Co. for $16.2 Billion," 25 Nov. 2019 He is accused of killing Eric Schade, 48, who had stopped to get a light for his cigarette at the mini-mart at Balboa and Genesee avenues around 3:40 a.m. April 16, 2015. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jury deliberating whether man killed Clairemont minimart customer shot at police," 8 Oct. 2019 That world is a breeding ground for widespread greed, apathy and corruption, though the script (by Phillips and Scott Silver) doesn’t really explore these topical avenues so much as gesture coyly in their direction. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix puts on quite a show in ‘Joker.’ And the portrait of madness is both bleak and glib," 1 Oct. 2019 If traveling every possible avenue is the Broncos’ team-building approach, then good for them. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Analysis: Initial roster established, but work continuing for Elway, Fangio," 31 Aug. 2019 Up until recently, Barcelona had been the only reasonable exit route for the wantaway Paris Saint-Germain forward, with the club exploring every possible avenue to bring the prodigal Brazilian back to Camp Nou and end his Parisian hell. SI.com, "Real Madrid 'Close' to Neymar Deal With Barcelona Unwilling to Pay Cash for Wantaway Superstar," 11 Aug. 2019 The suit alleges air pollution spewed from the explosion — heard as far away as Lindenhurst, Mundelein and Kenosha County — and the ensuing fire at the facility at Sunset and Northwestern avenues on the city’s far northwest side. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan blast lawsuit a dud when compared to EtO risks," 10 June 2019 The high-pressure technology is expected to open up other avenues of growth within the Gulf, Chevron said. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Chevron authorizes Anchor project in Gulf with $5.7B initial investment," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of avenue was in 1600

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Avenue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenues. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of avenue

: a wide street
chiefly British : 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 How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -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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