cause·​way ˈkȯz-ˌwā How to pronounce causeway (audio)
: a raised way across wet ground or water
: highway
especially : one of ancient Roman construction in Britain
causeway transitive verb

Examples of causeway in a Sentence

The island is linked by a causeway to the mainland.
Recent Examples on the Web The chairman held commands in both the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division, and the Normandy fields, towns and causeways are these divisions’ hallowed ground. Sylvie Corbet and Tara Copp, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2023 True to the city's roots, Ringling used circus elephants to haul the timbers that were used to construct the causeway and bridge to connect St. Armands Key to the mainland. Jacqueline Dole, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 What began as a smuggler’s route became, in the chaotic decades around Mexican independence, a primary causeway for Anglo immigrants (white, English-speaking immigrants) looking to settle beyond America’s southwest frontier. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Nov. 2023 For Tracey Love Graves, the childhood memory has the gauze of a fairytale: crossing the causeway at night, a turn down a gravel road, massive oak branches reaching across the car like claws in the moonlight. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Nov. 2023 Best Things to Do in Ischia Castello Aragonese A must for history lovers, photographers, and film buffs, Castello Aragonese is an ancient castle poised on a rocky islet that’s connected to the larger island of Ischia by a causeway. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 30 Sep. 2023 Harvesters also got a brief presentation from Mobile County officials about a project to build up the protective shoreline on the west side of the causeway leading to Dauphin Island. Lawrence Specker |, al, 24 Aug. 2023 Some lake advocates worry, however, that shoring up the causeway sets a precedent. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 On the trail, Mr. DeSantis frequently talks about his efforts to rebuild the state after the storm, including quickly repairing bridges and causeways to islands that had been cut off. Nicholas Nehamas, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English cauciwey, from cauci + wey way

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of causeway was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Causeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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cause·​way ˈkȯz-ˌwā How to pronounce causeway (audio)
: a raised way or road across wet ground or water
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