byway

noun
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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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, chicagotribune.com, "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 Great River Road National Scenic Byway The 3,000-mile byway follows the course of the Mississippi River and spans from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Best US road trips," 2 Apr. 2018 Hells Canyon Road, Idaho This byway runs along the border of Idaho and Oregon, wrapping its way through the Wallowa Mountains. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Convertible Drives Across the U.S.," 26 July 2018 Gold guides us down highways and byways to access L.A.’s farthest corners, its holiest-hole-in-the-walls. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Remembering Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer-Winning Food Critic and Los Angeles Icon," 22 July 2018 And taking a walk to the Nostalgia boutique would be quite gross, because Main Street was known as Polecat Hollow, an unpaved byway for animal waste. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "No, those weren’t the good old days. A rant about ‘homos’ aimed at a kid reminds us why.," 24 May 2018 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

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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
: the parts of a subject that are not commonly known

byway

noun
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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