drive-through

1 of 2

adjective

variants or less commonly drive-thru

drive-through

2 of 2

noun

variants or less commonly drive-thru
: a drive-through establishment (such as a restaurant or bank)
also : the drive-through window at such an establishment

Examples of drive-through in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
With a massive Elvis Presley sign out front with mechanically moving hips, the Little White Wedding Chapel was the first chapel in Vegas to offer a drive-through wedding option. Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 For buyers, the arrangement was as convenient as picking up a hamburger and fries at a fast food restaurant drive-through. Emerson Clarridge, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 Making the correct change and handing over quarter pounders and fries at the drive-through window doesn't require a high school diploma, let alone a college degree. Bradley Gitz, arkansasonline.com, 5 Feb. 2024 What’s considered the largest drive-through light holiday light show in the area runs 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. John Bordsen, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 That tip jar sitting on the ledge of the drive-through window? David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Not so with Jurassic Quest, a drive-through dinosaur exhibition that opened in West Sacramento on Friday. James Patrick, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 The property previously was the location of a Burger King restaurant and drive-through site. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 Plans include a double-drive thru with an escape lane and two exterior drive-through canopies, according to the filing. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 23 Jan. 2024
Noun
The Easter ham dinner can also be ordered at the drive-through window from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $25, cash only, with no pre-order necessary. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2023 McDonald’s is, in essence, sponsoring the ultimate drive-through, as 200-mph race cars weave through downtown Chicago. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 22 Mar. 2023 Campuses became resourceful in trying to commemorate students’ achievements while remaining mindful of public health — organizing drive-through ceremonies, or moving the festivities entirely online. Debbie Truong, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2023 These days, McClure lives even closer to this drive-through destination for burgers, dogs, shakes and a brief respite from the industrial life of East Frederick. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023 North Richland Hills has a new PJ’s Coffee with a drive-through. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 17 Mar. 2023 The website also has printable posters that businesses can hang at their drive-through windows or place at tables to explain the ban to customers and employees. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2023 Today, nearly 40 percent of all restaurant traffic is in the drive-through lane, while visits to physical restaurants were 22 percent lower in February 2023 than in 2020, according to Placer.ai. Caitlin Gilbert, Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2023 Those include seniors-only hours, drive-through pantries, and expanded home delivery services. Lauren Lee, CNN, 3 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1918, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drive-through was in 1918

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“Drive-through.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drive-through. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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drive-through

adjective
ˈdrīv-ˌthrü
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