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)

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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.
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Locke spent her childhood traveling the rural byways of that stretch, visiting relatives in Lufkin, Corrigan and Marshall, looking out the window on vistas of swamps and creeks, on rural folks selling boiled peanuts and peach jam. Madhulika Sikka, Washington Post, "Attica Locke left Hollywood to write novels. Now she’s found success in both worlds.," 16 Sep. 2019 Kurtz was a volunteer at Reef Check California, an environmental NGO that helps monitor the health of the state’s coastlines, and spent free time exploring her adopted state’s marine byways with her boyfriend of several years. Scott Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Mourns Colleagues Lost in California Boat Fire," 6 Sep. 2019 Route 160 is one of those scenic byways the interstates made obsolete. Cirrus Wood, The Mercury News, "Weekend getaway: A Sacramento Delta road trip with bikes, beer and more," 25 Aug. 2019 The 3,000-mile national scenic byway follows the Mississippi for its entire length, through 10 states from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 7 parks offer some of the best views of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin," 11 July 2017 There’s a reason why the byway from Würzburg to Füssen through southern Germany is called the Romantic Road. National Geographic, "Castles, vineyards, and fairy-tale villages: Drive the Romantic Road," 14 Aug. 2019 Length: 70 miles | Region: Midwest This byway traces the southern shoreline of Lake Superior, with various parts of the route winding through dense forests, quiet beaches, and the majestic lake itself. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Other versions have featured Ohio’s scenic byways and Ohio’s Native American tribes. Washington Post, "State mapmaker brings creativity, whimsy to Ohio road maps," 2 July 2019 South Dakota Pierre: An assessment of the conditions of the state’s highways and byways following spring storms has pegged damage at $7.5 million. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of byway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of byway

: a road that is not used very much
: the parts of a subject that are not commonly known


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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