byway

noun
by·way | \ˈbī-ˌwā \

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.
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The national scenic byway winds between the river and limestone bluffs, with charming small towns acting as rest stops along the way. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin bucket list: 20 things you have to do," 17 May 2018 New York to Montreal Price: $69 This train takes off from New York City and travels the green byways of the Northeast, following the tail of Lake Champlain north for most of the ride. William D’urso, Outside Online, "The Best Way to See the U.S. Is by Train," 1 July 2018 The cause of the blaze -- dubbed the Recycle fire due to its proximity to a rural byway known to locals as Recycle Road' -- was not immediately clear, Sanchez said. City News Service, Ramona Sentinel, "Campo fire grows to 250 acres," 6 June 2018 As the group makes its way down roads and byways, people honk their horns, sometimes stop to shake hands and give donations, said Hinkle. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Walking the walk for veterans’ mental health," 16 June 2018 But with the city’s breakneck pace of development, mature trees have often become casualties to new buildings, byways, and other municipal projects. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "City fails in promise to plant 100,000 trees," 9 June 2018 Traveling by car, Brown and Albright traversed the state's back roads and byways, raising money to help grow support for participation in the election and future ones. Essence.com, "Meet The Women Who Turned The Tide In Alabama," 30 May 2018 And during this, the start of road trip season, the detritus scattered along some highways and byways can be jarring. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Let's hear it for Memorial Day weekend at the beach. Oh, but the litter ...," 24 May 2018 TravelOregon’s volcanic byway has views of where... Joe Jackson, SFChronicle.com, "The pint’s the thing: Charting a course through Ashland’s best brewpubs," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of byway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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byway

noun

English Language Learners Definition of byway

: a road that is not used very much

byways : the parts of a subject that are not commonly known

byway

noun
by·way | \ˈbī-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of byway

: a road that is not used very much

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