by·​way | \ ˈbī-ˌwā How to pronounce byway (audio) \

Definition of byway

1 : a little traveled side road
2 : 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 historic scenic byway of U.S. Route 201, called the Old Canada Road, covers 78 miles from Fairfield to the Canadian border. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 Once an ancient aboriginal trail, the path became a well-trodden byway for the workmen who built the Gilded Age mansions. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, 24 May 2022 This lakeside city serves as the gateway to the Creole Nature Trail, a lengthy scenic byway that spans more than 180 miles across southwestern Louisiana. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The Natchez Trace Parkway is a scenic byway that runs through Tennessee and Alabama before cutting into Mississippi. Outside Online, 7 Mar. 2022 Minnesota’s devotion to Bunyan — which includes claims to his birthplace being in Bemidji, multiple statues and even a scenic byway — could be related to when Bunyan stories made their way into print and popular culture. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2022 There were suggestions to select another street, a byway that cut through the whole city (Western Avenue?), but Daley wouldn’t hear of it. Rick Kogan,, 17 Jan. 2022 Along the way, the book takes another byway into Arthurian legend, the better to explore Gage’s weakening grip on the line between myth and reality. Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2022 Scenic byway corridors that preserve the scenic vistas viewable from major highways. Megan Becka, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of byway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Byway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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by·​way | \ ˈbī-ˌwā How to pronounce byway (audio) \

Kids Definition of byway

: a road that is not used very much

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