beltway

noun, often attributive belt·way \ ˈbelt-ˌwā \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

  1. Her influence extends beyond the Beltway.

Recent Examples of beltway from the Web

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First Known Use of beltway

1950



BELTWAY Defined for English Language Learners

beltway

noun

Definition of beltway for English Language Learners

  • : a highway that goes around a city

  • the Beltway : the political and social world of Washington, D.C.



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