foot·​path ˈfu̇t-ˌpath How to pronounce footpath (audio)
: a narrow path for pedestrians

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 Hike the King’s Trail, which was originally built as a footpath for royalty, to see coastal views, burial mounds, and black rock coves. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2023 Or follow footpaths to remote swimming holes like Plakes, with flat limestone rock formations for sunbathing. St George’s Island Cruise over to the tiny islet of St George, whose rocky coastline is ideal for snorkeling. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2024 The game is all about building connections via footpaths, roads, zip lines and other modes of transportation. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Local Facebook groups are rarely a source of profound ecological insights, but this minor furor over a local footpath gets at something crucial in the fight against climate change. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2023 On weekends, nearly 35,000 people a day may cross the footpath over the 141-year-old bridge connecting Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights, according to the New York City Department of Transportation. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2024 The report also explores issues like older adult fitness to drive and training, reducing speed limits, implementing lower speed zones and traffic calming measures, establishing secure pedestrian crossings, and maintaining high-quality footpaths. Tanya Mohn, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 This antithetical dwelling sits at the top of a steep footpath cut into the side of Monte Tuoro, on Capri’s southeast corner. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2023 Between the home and the river, there is only a footpath, where neighbors can be spotted walking their dogs. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Footpath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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foot·​path -ˌpath How to pronounce footpath (audio)
: a narrow path for pedestrians

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