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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The big department store was built in the late 1920s with an enlargement of the Arcade Building’s north half, the part facing Union Street, between First and Second avenues. Paul Dorpat, The Seattle Times, "The fate of the Rhodes Stores turned on a dime," 26 Oct. 2018 In Chicago, huge steel Puerto Rican flags bookend Paseo Boricua — that stretch of Division Street between Western and California avenues. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "After viral video, a refresher course: 5 things to know about Puerto Rico," 10 July 2018 The City Council unanimously voted during a meeting on Tuesday to table its discussion on how the intersection at Olive and Verdugo avenues as well as Sparks Street should be reconfigured to improve safety and traffic in that neighborhood. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "No decision made on Olive-Verdugo-Sparks intersection project," 30 June 2018 The chemical was spread on a dirt strip that runs alongside a single city block, on the east side of Karluk Street between Third and Fourth avenues. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "A man says he spread chemicals in one of Anchorage’s gathering places for homeless people. Now police are investigating.," 9 June 2018 Where: Headquartered at Orlando’s Loch Haven Park, off Princeton Street between Mills and Orange avenues. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Fringe: Sentinel's Best of the Fest," 23 May 2018 CubaOcho Museum & Performing Arts Center, on Southwest Eighth Street between 14th and 15th avenues, also is facing a rent increase. Enrique Flor, miamiherald, "Small business owners in Little Havana join forces to fight rent increases | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 The 2018 North Americans were held in the alley between Park and Broadway avenues between 42nd and 48th streets. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Those athletic Isenbargers: A Rose Bowl, an NCAA championship, and now a Linear Bocce title," 7 May 2018 The still unnamed 70,000-square-foot, one-story school building will be built at 52 N. Wisconsin St., on 12.7 acres between Home and Cleveland avenues. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "New Hobart elementary school site plan approved," 4 May 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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The first known use of avenue was in 1600

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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