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.

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Yelchin died on June 19th after being pinned in between his car, which had rolled backward down his driveway, and the fence to his property. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anton Yelchin Doc Soundtrack to Feature Songs Written by Late Actor," 16 July 2019 This spring, the odious something appeared — forcing a mom, dad and eight children to move out of their spacious house and into a travel trailer parked on their driveway. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Troy homeowners’ horror: 'Dad, something really stinks in the basement'," 12 July 2019 Mickey Thompson, famous American racer, 59 years old, and his second wife, Trudy, 41, had been shot to death in their own driveway. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 On a sultry summer morning, Diane McKillop stood in her driveway gushing over Dr. Joan Perry, the Republican congressional candidate who showed up at her door to ask for her vote. New York Times, "A Battle of the Sexes in North Carolina Fuels a Wider Republican Clash," 7 July 2019 Many residents of Trona, home to about 1,900 people, slept in their driveways or on the street in camper vans or on mattresses. Anchorage Daily News, "No deaths reported in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Southern California," 6 July 2019 The owner of the car called Fox Point police shortly after 1 a.m. June 24 to report that her Infiniti FX35 was leaving her driveway. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Milwaukee man stole a car in Fox Point and crashed it into a squad car during a police chase, complaint says," 5 July 2019 The roots are also pushing bricks up in our driveway. Neil Sperry,, "When mondo grass attacks, put up a wall," 5 July 2019 The father jumped out of the way and ran toward his driveway, but Barnes allegedly swerved his vehicle toward the fleeing father. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "‘Now this is how you party’: Neighbor tries to run over father lighting fireworks," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of driveway

1871, in the meaning defined above

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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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