foot·path | \ˈfu̇t-ˌpath, -ˌpäth\

Definition of footpath 

: a narrow path for pedestrians

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Synonyms for footpath


path, pathway, trace, track, trail

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Examples of footpath in a Sentence

a footpath winding through the garden found the footpath leading down into the valley

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Foster was found with gunshot wounds on a footpath along a wooded area Aug. 11 on Palamar Turn, police said. Washington Post, "in fatal 2017 shooting," 28 June 2018 Small groups of tourists on a recent weekend braved muddy footpaths through overgrown lawns to chase foggy photographs and answers to the question: What happened to the village? Washington Post, "Explore an abandoned Chinese village now engulfed by nature," 7 June 2018 Most immediate is damage from social trailing, meaning the creation of informal footpaths that inevitably occurs where no official trail exists. Robert Earle Howells,, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 Pedestrians and bicyclists cruising along the wide footpath that runs for miles alongside the Blue Line light rail currently meet an unceremonious end to the path just short of uptown, near the Interstate 277 overpass. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's Charlotte's plan to close a frustrating gap between South End and uptown," 6 June 2018 From the highway, the only marker is a run-down building that reportedly serves as a brothel, and a thin, dusty footpath leading into the hills. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Authorities removed the body of Soltis, who was last seen Monday afternoon, and posted bear warning signs on a small footpath leading from the road to the woods. Washington Post, "Police: Bear that mauled searcher likely killed Alaska hiker," 21 June 2018 Authorities removed the body of Soltis, who was last seen Monday afternoon, and posted bear warning signs on a small footpath leading from the road to the woods. CBS News, "Bear that killed hiker likely mauled volunteer looking for him, Alaska police say," 21 June 2018 The body was examined and removed, and officers left the scene shortly before 2 p.m. Officers taped off the area with yellow police tape and placed a small sign on the narrow footpath leading from Hiland Road where the attacks happened. Anchorage Daily News, "Man killed, member of search party injured in Eagle River bear attacks," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of footpath

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of footpath

: a narrow path that people walk on


foot·path | \ˈfu̇t-ˌpath, -ˌpäth\

Kids Definition of footpath

: a path for walkers

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