drive·way | \-ˌwā \

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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Adams told journalists that no one was hurt in either attack, but that two of his grandchildren had been in his driveway 10 minutes before and could have been killed. NBC News, "Explosive thrown at house of former Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams," 14 July 2018 That helps ensure that the one that ends up in your driveway — or at your favorite trailhead — is the best for your particular needs. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 On June 4, a man noticed that someone had taken currency from the center console of his Toyota pickup truck that had been left parked in his driveway., "Crime Report: Burglary victim believes thief accessed home by using garage door remote control," 11 July 2018 The last time Galindo came out of his home and started to walk up his driveway, officers ran toward him and told him to stop, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Police: Aurora man wanted on 7 warrants arrested after being found hiding in basement," 11 July 2018 Hackel's Explorer stolen Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is still trying to figure out what happened to the 2016 Ford Explorer parked in his driveway at home. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Why you might want to wrap your car fob in foil," 6 July 2018 The other possible side effect of coating your driveway is contaminated run-off. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 Independence Day is right around new the corner and many Sacramento families are gearing up to eat delicious barbecued food and light fireworks in their driveways. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Your guide to celebrating a midweek Fourth of July," 2 July 2018 As the woman and her daughter got out of the SUV, Manning steered his riding lawnmower right for his gravel driveway, according to court documents obtained by the station. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He launched rocks at a 9-year-old and her mother — with his riding lawnmower, Texas cops say," 12 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of driveway

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

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