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.
Recent Examples on the Web Our older and inner beltway neighborhoods need more attention than the county has provided over the past 20 years. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 The beltway media world has always had a sort of jones for celebrities, and celebrities have often loved them right back, a mutual appreciation society that reached its apogee during the correspondents’ dinners of the Obama years. New York Times, 1 May 2022 The white-tie-and-gowns event had about 630 guests, the Post noted, and involved a mostly maskless group of A-list lawmakers, government officials, journalists, and other inside-beltway elite. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2022 With low temperatures and heavy rains hitting the Washington, D.C., metro area, the D.C truckers convoy will not be circling the beltway Wednesday. Aliyah Thomas, ABC News, 9 Mar. 2022 Another group, The People's Convoy, is set depart from Adelanto, California, on Wednesday for an 11-day journey to the beltway area. Oren Oppenheim, ABC News, 23 Feb. 2022 Others, especially proposals for new roads, such as the beltway and even a short stub of toll road at Sanford’s airport, seem to progress in inches. Kevin Spear,, 22 Dec. 2021 New Albany is just outside the Columbus beltway – Interstate 270 – and not far from Port Columbus International Airport. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2022 Innovation Academy Heading west of Kansas City, Kansas, past the second beltway is the town of Basehor where high school students are taking on projects that matter to them and their community. Tom Vander Ark, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beltway

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beltway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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