drive·​way ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio)
: 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 He was also accused of pointing a firearm at the woman, threatening to kill her and shooting at her vehicle parked in the driveway, according to court records. Jade Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2024 My neighbors across the street who remind me of the Beverly Hillbillies have a garage that resembles an episode of Extreme Hoarders, and still insist on opening their garage and entertaining in the driveway instead in the nice patio area like refined people! Ticked Off, Orlando Sentinel, 13 June 2024 Many visitors littered, parked in driveways and in some cases dodged traffic to take photos from the bridge’s median strip, residents said in interviews. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, 7 June 2024 The officer moves slowly to peek behind a fence that blocks the driveway that runs into the home’s back yard, his handgun trained ahead. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for driveway 

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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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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