foot·​path | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌpath How to pronounce footpath (audio) , -ˌpäth \

Definition of footpath

: a narrow path for pedestrians

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Examples of footpath in a Sentence

a footpath winding through the garden found the footpath leading down into the valley
Recent Examples on the Web The Game Plan What to do Picture this: On nearly 500 acres of rolling green, footpaths meander around glacial ponds. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Refreshments in Sunset Park to Follow.," 26 June 2019 Haskins did not know the woman and had taken her off a footpath and assaulted her nearby, police said. Lynh Bui, Washington Post, "Police arrest rape suspect, say he was stopped by witness who heard screams for help," 13 June 2019 For the purposes of this case, the Appalachian Trail, which adds up to about 250,000 acres of territory, is a footpath or right-of-way. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court gets metaphysical in Appalachian Trail pipeline fight," 24 Feb. 2020 The Bowery—both a street and a neighborhood in the southern part of Manhattan—began as a footpath marked out by the Lenape Indians. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "‘Devil’s Mile’ Review: Dance Halls, Derelicts and Condos," 24 Aug. 2018 Now the virus has brought those countryside customs to the newly spacious city streets and footpaths. Rose George, The New York Review of Books, "Running Alone Together," 10 Apr. 2020 Later that day, the park service issued an alert for dangerous weather conditions, citing icy roads, footpaths and trails. Chelsea Curtis, USA TODAY, "Texas hiker missing nearly 2 weeks in Grand Canyon found alive," 3 Jan. 2020 Two men with their faces partially covered accosted a male pedestrian on a footpath. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 2 Oct. 2019 In a region where multiple cars’ navigation systems were mistaking footpaths and coal-mine driveways for actual roads—or otherwise hallucinating roads that simply weren’t there—confidence matters. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of footpath

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of footpath was in the 15th century

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23 May 2020

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“Footpath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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