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.
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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 Great River State Trail + Elmaro Vineyard, Trempealeau: This 24-mile crushed stone rail-trail parallels the Mississippi River and the Great River Road, a national scenic byway, from La Crosse to Trempealeau. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beer and a bike ride: 12 breweries along bike trails in Wisconsin," 6 June 2019 Given the location, that would seem like a no-brainer, but the historical reality is that the Harris and the cultural tourist destination have generally operated along separate byways. Chris Jones,, "The Harris Theater, evolving in the Tribune's new neighborhood," 15 June 2018 Half a century later his name now graces boulevards and byways in hundreds of communities across the globe. Wendi C. Thomas, National Geographic, "Where the Streets Have MLK's Name," 12 June 2019 Illinois Tourism doubles ad spending — read: your tax dollars — to get visitors to travel the state’s highways and byways — Potholes and all, the Tribune’s Robert Channick writes. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: How your tax dollars will fix state roads, plus will Mayor Lori Lightfoot push ride-share fee amid congestion?," 7 June 2019 For the triennial, Mr. Ruppersberg scoured Cleveland’s steel yards and lakefront byways for billboards and then took pictures from their vantage points. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Cleveland Hopes to Become the Next Venice," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of byway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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