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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Recent Examples on the Web Have everyone make their own cake or cupcakes inspired by a beautiful and delectable dessert image (byway of Google or Pinterest), a la Nailed It! on Netflix. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "15 ways to still celebrate 2020 graduation with friends and family," 30 Apr. 2020 But the main attraction is its collection of curiosities, culled from far-flung pop-culture byways. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: Slow shopping at the Old Wethersfield Country Store," 18 Oct. 2019 The collection of photographs serves as a time machine transporting readers back to the mid-20th century when neon signage illuminated the highways and byways across America. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Vibrant Tour of America’s Neon Signs," 28 Feb. 2020 And while data show that Minnesotans are continuing to abandon landline telephones for their wireless and mobile counterparts, the former still has value to some businesses that dot the byway. Matthew Guerry, Twin Cities, "Landline phones cling to life in MN. Cell signals not everywhere yet.," 24 Dec. 2019 In paintings supplemented by ceramic orbs, Namwon Choi renders postcard views of scenic byways. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At cultural center, art that’s tethered to South Korea," 20 Sep. 2019 There are many beautiful lakes on the top of the mesa, and don’t miss the Lands End Overlook, about 10 miles west of the scenic byway via Lands End Road on the western rim of the mesa, which offers soaring views of the Grand Valley. John Meyer, The Know, "Fall color changes are about to begin. Here’s where to go leaf peeping in Colorado.," 19 Sep. 2019 Must-see stops along the byway Dorchester Courthouse The Dorchester Courthouse in Cambridge is significant. Sheryl Nance-nash, Condé Nast Traveler, "Retracing Harriet Tubman’s Steps on Maryland’s Eastern Shore," 31 Oct. 2019 By playing alone, in the cocoon of someone’s home, Mr. Potts could follow his own musical byways without having to make compromises. New York Times, "‘Riverdance’ Was Years Ago. Colin Dunne Makes Quiet Music Now.," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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“Byway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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