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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This guy has been at my [son's] soccer game this morning then followed me to my [sister's] house and was basically parked in her [driveway] to get photos. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Hilary Duff Calls Out Paparazzo for Allegedly 'Hunting Her Down'," 24 Sep. 2018 Two small carrots in the grass next to the driveway, where the dogs had spit out the vegetables among their loot. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Dogs steal mail carrier's lunch, then their apology note goes viral," 6 July 2018 The car was parked in the driveway, unlocked, with the keys and a credit card inside. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "18-year-old charged with using credit card from vehicle stolen in Fox Point," 3 July 2018 Larry San Nicolas came out the side door and down the driveway, the sword over his head. Joe Robertson And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'Why did you have to shoot him?' cries wife of man with sword killed by police," 2 July 2018 The president of the United States is coming up the driveway, in front of the West Wing. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Trump turned ‘Fox & Friends’ into his personal reality show," 15 June 2018 The two thieves met up with the getaway vehicle — an SUV believed to be a black Hyundai Tucson with paper dealer plates — which had moved to driveway, loaded up the safe and took off, Crime Stoppers said. Teri Figueroa,, "Vista-area burglary suspects may be part of a roving crew," 22 May 2018 Truex's car was parked on the driveway, the rope line decorated with festive black-and-white-checkered flags. Betsy Klein, CNN, "Trump: NASCAR fans stand for the national anthem," 21 May 2018 Investigators could be seen walking through the house and gathered in the home's driveway, where three vehicles were parked. Laura Mcknight,, "1 in custody following shooting in Boutte area: SCPSO," 18 May 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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