by·​way ˈbī-ˌwā How to pronounce byway (audio)
: a little traveled side road
: a secondary or little known aspect or field
meandering more and more in the fascinating byways of learningThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

Examples of byway in a Sentence

I prefer to take byways to town. He's traveled the highways and byways of this country. the byways of the art world The book chronicles some of the interesting byways of legal history.
Recent Examples on the Web The redevelopment of the ITD campus has played a significant part in CCDC’s plans for its district along State Street and the city of Boise’s attempts to revitalize and build up the busy commuter byway. Nick Rosenberger, Idaho Statesman, 9 Feb. 2024 After a months-long closure due to winter storm damage, a major stretch of Angeles Crest Highway has reopened, restoring public access to a variety of trails and mountain vistas along the scenic byway through the San Gabriel Mountains. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 And although some of the comedic byways reach exuberant extremes of effect—there’s nifty bomb-making, for instance—what’s driving them remains a matter of directorial indifference. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2023 The next morning, two from Hallow’s Eve, Miss Pam arrives at a back gate at Lumen Field, strutting down a byway between two 20-yard television trucks. Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2024 Love Lies Bleeding is a hallucinatory trip down the darkest byways of Americana. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2024 Not to be outdone, the United States took the third spot thanks, of course, to its famed highways and byways like Route 66 and Highway 1. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 10 Jan. 2024 The author charts a sure path through the twisting byways of that history, maintaining a focus on Chiang’s emotional swings and his ruthless treatment of family members, colleagues, soldiers, and citizens. Alexander V. Pantsov, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 Many train lines in the US wind along the same dazzling forests, lakes, and mountains as scenic byways built for cars. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of byway was in the 14th century

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“Byway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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by·​way ˈbī-ˌwā How to pronounce byway (audio)
: a little-traveled side road

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