noun, often attributive
belt·​way | \ ˈbelt-ˌwā How to pronounce beltway (audio) \

Definition of beltway

1 : a highway skirting an urban area
2 capitalized : the political and social world of Washington, D.C., viewed especially as insular and exclusive understanding better than Beltway insiders what really interests voters— L. I. Barrett

Examples of beltway in a Sentence

Her influence extends beyond the Beltway.

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This annual affair rocks and bops inside the 495 beltway this year., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 July 2019 The Republican governor agreed to proceed first with adding toll lanes to Interstate 270, which connects the beltway and Frederick. Jeff Barker,, "U.S. House committee declines amendments by Rep. Anthony Brown to block Gov. Hogan's toll lanes project," 20 June 2019 Hot spots of growth include Lake Nona and Horizons West, neighborhoods popping up along beltways, as well as cities such as Clermont and Winter Garden that offer easy commutes to downtown Orlando., "New home builders in Orlando area keep moving outward," 25 Jan. 2018 The expressway loop around Orlando – the region’s beltway of nearly 112 miles – will have been completed all but for about a dozen miles in Lake and Seminole counties. Kevin Spear,, "Wekiva Parkway segment set to open into Lake County," 16 Mar. 2018 The state transportation department owns Florida’s Turnpike, parts of the beltway around Orlando and pieces of the State Road 528 Beachline Expressway. Kevin Spear,, "SunPass will freeze customers' toll-transponder accounts for system revamp," 31 May 2018 There are no major improvements in transit, but toll lanes are built on outer beltways, and another bridge is built to the Eastern Shore. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Here’s how researchers think the Washington-Baltimore region could look in 20 years," 18 Apr. 2018 Located to the immediate northeast of the I-465 beltway that circles Indianapolis, Hamilton County brings a lot to the table for current and prospective residents. Shelley Specchio, Indianapolis Star, "Discovering Indianapolis’ vibrant neighborhoods: Hamilton County," 29 June 2018 But in the beltway, political Twitter is an omnipresent fact of your physical life. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Male Echo Chamber of Political Twitter," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of beltway

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of beltway

US : a highway that goes around a city
: the political and social world of Washington, D.C.

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