free·​way | \ ˈfrē-ˌwā How to pronounce freeway (audio) \

Definition of freeway

1 : an expressway with fully controlled access
2 : a highway without toll fees

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of freeway in a Sentence

a new driver who's nervous about driving on the freeway for the first time

Recent Examples on the Web

Crews will be replacing breakaway cables in the median of the freeway., "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: County offers info meetings on upcoming 11-week Cornelius Pass Rd closure," 4 June 2019 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Heavy rains triggered freeway closures throughout Southern California and unleashed mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "This year's tax deadline is Tuesday. Why some Californians will get 2 extra weeks | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Apr. 2018 With a major freeway closure and home games for the Minnesota Vikings, Gophers and Twins, motorists will face a challenge getting through Minneapolis this weekend. Houston Chronicle, "Westin completes GHBA Benefit home construction," 9 Mar. 2018 Most people would take the 202 freeway for this route, but Richardson says his Waymo took Chandler Blvd. instead—a route that takes an extra five minutes, according to Google Maps. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "We finally talked to an actual Waymo passenger—here’s what he told us," 13 Dec. 2018 There is no estimated time for the reopening of the freeway, the agency said. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Vegetation fire closes Interstate 5 at California-Oregon border," 5 July 2018 In the horrific images, Melyssa lies on the freeway, bleeding from the head and in severe pain as bystanders and emergency personnel try to reassure her and get her into the ambulance. Alexia Fernandez,, "Former Bravo Star Melyssa Ford Seriously Injured in Horrific Crash with 18-Wheeler Truck," 3 July 2018 Drivers can enable it on the freeway, side streets, or anywhere with distinct lane markings. Jason Kavanagh, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds takes closer look at Tesla, Cadillac and Nissan semi-autonomous driving systems," 17 May 2018 For Westside Pavilion, part of its appeal is its proximity to the I-405 and I-10 freeways and a light rail station, said Mr. Coleman. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Google to Lease Office Space in a Los Angeles Mall," 8 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'freeway.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of freeway

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about freeway

Statistics for freeway

Last Updated

12 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for freeway

The first known use of freeway was in 1926

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for freeway



English Language Learners Definition of freeway

US : a wide highway that is built for fast travel


free·​way | \ ˈfrē-ˌwā How to pronounce freeway (audio) \

Kids Definition of freeway

: an expressway that can be used without paying tolls

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on freeway

What made you want to look up freeway? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


behavior toward others

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!