belt·​way ˈbelt-ˌwā How to pronounce beltway (audio)
often attributive
: a highway skirting an urban area
capitalized : the political and social world of Washington, D.C., viewed especially as insular and exclusive
understanding better than Beltway insiders what really interests votersL. I. Barrett

Examples of beltway in a Sentence

Her influence extends beyond the Beltway.
Recent Examples on the Web Ringing the upper half of the Perimeter, the beltway that encircles the city, the region sits like an eyebrow growing steadily thicker every year as sprawl turns farmland into exurbs and exurbs into suburbs. Ben Jacobs, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2023 When the rare solar eclipse sweeps across the United States on April 8, 2024, its path starts in Texas and crosses the U.S. through Maine, treating sites in the beltway to the natural phenomenon of the moon blocking the sun. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 19 Sep. 2023 This move by anti-crypto beltway forces seems intended to slow the growth of licensed crypto institutions in the U.S. and would raise many foundational questions. Caitlin Long, Forbes, 4 June 2022 President Biden will continue to campaign for our freedoms, for our middle class, and for our democracy − these are the issues Americans outside the beltway continue to head to the ballot box on. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2023 Felise added in the crash two victims were thrown from the inner loop to the outer loop of the beltway. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 12 July 2023 The crash comes less than two weeks after six highway workers were killed on the beltway after two cars collided close to Security Boulevard, flipping one vehicle into a work zone. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2023 Troopers tell us the outer loop of the beltway is completely shut down. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2023 Most of the swing precincts are in suburbs north and southeast of Phoenix, in an arc roughly described by a beltway route known as Loop 101. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beltway was in 1950

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“Beltway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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