drive·​way ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio)
: a private road giving access from a public way to a building on abutting grounds

Example Sentences

A long driveway led to the mansion.
Recent Examples on the Web In Pennsylvania last week, a black bear attacked two young children who were playing in their driveway outside of their home, officials said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 28 May 2023 As far as parking away from the stadium is concerned, fans will not be able to pay to park in Foxborough neighbors’ driveways and yards, after the town voted to ban the practice in 2012. Emily Sweeney,, 17 May 2023 From our smart outdoor grill in the backyard to security cameras placed in the driveway, every single device and appliance in the home is now fully connected—without a dead zone to be found. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 15 May 2023 Investigators suspect Bahena, the victim and several other people were gathered in the driveway when Bahena pulled out a gun and opened fire. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2023 Upon arrival, crews found a single-story house with heavy fire showing from the garage and two vehicles parked in the driveway, according to the release. Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2023 Or when wind blows heaps of snow from the front lawn to bury the driveway. Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2023 Berra’s house was on a circular driveway, so either route to the destination was equally valid. Kyle Smith,, 11 May 2023 The perpetual quest for parking—whether on the street, in a driveway, parking lot, or garage—has driven city planning for nearly a century. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of driveway was in 1845

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“Driveway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


drive·​way ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio)
: a short private road from the street to a house, garage, or parking lot

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