drive·​way | \ ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio) \

Definition of driveway

: a private road giving access from a public way to a building on abutting grounds

Examples of driveway in a Sentence

A long driveway led to the mansion.
Recent Examples on the Web Mason then jumped into Fraser’s Audi SUV, backed out of the driveway and started to drive away as Shaker Heights police descended on the home. Cory Shaffer,, "Disgraced former judge Lance Mason deserves no chance at parole for ex-wife’s brutal murder, prosecutors say," 12 Sep. 2019 One night I was blocked from exiting my work parking lot because a car had stopped in the middle of the driveway, on the sidewalk and poking into the street, with hazard lights on. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "The rules for Uber and Lyft drivers: Roadshow," 18 Aug. 2019 Someone stole a Social Security card, four credit cards and a debit card out of a 2010 Toyota Venza that had been left parked, unlocked, overnight in the driveway of a home. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Crime Report: Burglars make off with 11 firearms in quick raid of Crown Avenue home," 11 Sep. 2019 Tevin Rutledge, 19, was found July 27, 2015 lying in the gravel driveway of the Alabama Power station on University Way in Brent. Carol Robinson |, al, "Man pleads guilty to 2 Alabama murders, robberies in 6 counties," 11 Sep. 2019 The next scene would seem to be the following morning, with the Jeep parked in the driveway of an attractive modern mini-mansion. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Human Capital': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 Tuesday morning, a neighbor reported that someone may have been shot, and when officers arrived, a deputy found a woman dead in the driveway of a home, Pittsylvania County Sheriff Michael W. Taylor said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Man facing charges in triple murder in southern Virginia after women, child found dead," 28 Aug. 2019 Police responded to a 911 call placed around 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning and found the body of a woman in the driveway of a residence. Jenna West,, "Report: Rays Prospect's Wife, Child Killed in Virginia Triple Homicide," 27 Aug. 2019 Earlier in the day, sheriff's deputies found the body of a woman in the driveway of a nearby home, and the bodies of a woman and child inside. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer's wife, child killed in Virginia, per reports," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of driveway

1871, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of driveway was in 1871

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English Language Learners Definition of driveway

: a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked


drive·​way | \ ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio) \

Kids Definition of driveway

: a private road leading from the street to a house or garage

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