foot·​path | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌpath How to pronounce footpath (audio) , -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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Authorities believe members of that family, including a 5-year-old boy and his 50-year-old grandmother who have since died of Ebola , took a footpath back into Uganda. Washington Post, "Porous border could hinder efforts to stem spread of Ebola," 19 June 2019 All trails and footpaths on the south bank of Buffalo Bayou between Eldridge and Dairy Ashford will be closed as needed for public safety for the duration of this project. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Flood Control District project under way in west Houston," 13 June 2019 From the outskirts of the village, footpaths lead into the surrounding forests, where farmers have created groves of cocoa trees. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 Outside the reserve: tired wheat fields, cracked earth, and a maze of footpaths grooved by cheap plastic shoes. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019 Some of the trails are footpaths, littered with old clothes and human feces, that wind through brush. Juan Forero |, WSJ, "Colombia Struggles to Control Border Overrun by Desperate Venezuelans," 20 Sep. 2018 Spread over a dozen or so islands, the accommodation options range from cheap-and-cheerful beach bungalows to Song Saa, a glamorous all-villa retreat housed on its own pair of private islands (linked by a footpath). Sanjay Surana, WSJ, "Cambodia: The Chicest New Beach Destination in Asia," 15 Jan. 2019 The only link to the rest of the country, and the outside world, is over a mountain footpath — a brisk one-hour hike through a steep valley — that leads to a nearby road. Photographs And Text By Bryan Denton, New York Times, "China’s Last Cave Dwellers Fight to Keep Their Underground Homes," 13 May 2018 The town, high in the hills, drops off to reveal a romantic, rock-laden beach cove accessible by a footpath that runs adjacent to a babbling brook. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Why Winter Is the Most Inspiring Time to Visit Majorca," 25 Dec. 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 How to pronounce footpath (audio) , -ˌpäth\

Kids Definition of footpath

: a path for walkers

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