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 Problems previously regarded as collective may become segmented across geographic and class lines: Many will only see the world that extends to the end of their driveway. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Future of Staying Home," 3 Dec. 2020 And as another Queen song boomed from the muscular loudspeakers in his garage, Zack Kurland stood at the edge of his driveway, arms raised like Rocky. Dan Barry, New York Times, "The Election Is Over. The Nation’s Rifts Remain.," 8 Nov. 2020 In the meantime, a resident allowed the use of their driveway for local traffic to avoid the downed tree. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Caregiver charged with grand theft after returning $10,000 ring: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 7 Nov. 2020 Assembled from lumber scraps and household objects, the device will hurl Twix and Skittles to the edge of their driveway, possibly beyond. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Halloween candy catapults, chutes and ziplines: How some will greet trick-or-treaters in 2020," 29 Oct. 2020 Burns was pulling out of his driveway when Torres, northbound on the thoroughfare, slammed into his car. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "80-year-old man killed in Terrytown crash; driver booked with vehicular homicide," 28 Oct. 2020 Her family plans on putting a table at the end of their driveway with individual bags of candy for trick-or-treaters. Patrick Connolly,, "How to Halloween safely: Trick-or-treat guidelines from CDC, local leaders," 23 Oct. 2020 There was a pepper tree that grew at the bottom of our driveway at my childhood home. Denise Davidson Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘Beloved and the Pepper Tree,’ Carlsbad author Ann Gonzales seeks to normalize change for children," 11 Oct. 2020 Our big lights at the end of our driveway were constantly broken with bats over and over and over again. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Debra Messing Is Tweeting Like America Depends on It," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Driveway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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