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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Recent Examples on the Web The byway has been plowed, but the road may be icy and the visitor’s center will not open until around Memorial Day. New York Times, "Thunderous Plunges and Mossy Trickles: A Spring Guide to Waterfalls," 30 Apr. 2021 The Cascade Loop is the papa bear byway to three baby bear byways: the Stevens Pass Greenway, the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way and the North Cascades Scenic Byway. Washington Post, "Just in time for summer: 49 new National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads," 16 Apr. 2021 The Fish River byway, which travels north to the New Brunswick border, also has a strong Acadian flavor. Washington Post, "Just in time for summer: 49 new National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads," 16 Apr. 2021 Twisting through the Ozark National Forest on Arkansas State Highway 23, this byway takes riders on curves and climbs and under canopies of trees. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great motorcycle routes across America that offer natural social distancing," 7 Apr. 2021 Judge tosses out lawsuit seeking to remove upgrades to a 7.5-mile stretch of the scenic byway. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Sorry, environmentalists, that pavement can stay on Utah’s scenic Burr Trail," 6 Apr. 2021 This 50-mile scenic byway offers access to 30 overlooks and 33 miles of incredible Crater Lake views. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Otherworldly Adventure at Crater Lake National Park," 24 Mar. 2021 Go ahead and stroll the romantic byway or take in the Alamo. Dallas News, "The new Thompson San Antonio hotel offers a luxurious respite for pandemic-weary travelers," 19 Mar. 2021 Set in southwest Colorado, this 75-mile byway gets points for being both historic and scenic. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, "It’s Official: These Are The Most Beautiful Road Trips In America," 26 Feb. 2021

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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 14 May. 2021.

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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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