gang·​way | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌwā How to pronounce gangway (audio) \

Definition of gangway

1 : passageway especially : a temporary way of planks
2a : either of the sides of the upper deck of a ship
b : the opening by which a ship is boarded
3 British : aisle
4a : a cross aisle dividing the front benches from the backbenches in the British House of Commons
b : an aisle in the British House of Commons that separates government and opposition benches
5 : a clear passage through a crowd often used as an interjection

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Recent Examples on the Web Passengers would trudge down the gangway, Samsonites rumbling, a little befuddled by their brush with calamity but on their way. Lauren Smiley, Wired, "27 Days in Tokyo Bay: What Happened on the Diamond Princess," 30 Apr. 2020 Those include requiring a doctor's note from passengers over 70, infrared fever detectors on gangways, face masks for all passenger-facing crew members, and common-area disinfecting as frequently as every two hours. Anchorage Daily News, "COVID cruises: Ships sailed on despite the coronavirus, and thousands of people paid the price," 28 Apr. 2020 Should there be any stowaway bedbugs, direct contact with your bedding is their gangway to board your bed and treat you as their evening buffet. Erica Silverstein, USA TODAY, "Worried about getting sick on a cruise? Here's how to sanitize your cabin in 12 steps," 6 Feb. 2020 After disembarking the ship, the check-in for my excursion is right at the gangway. You,, "I’m 31 & This Is How Much I Spent On My Solo Trip On A Cruise Through Alaska," 30 Jan. 2020 Waiting at the bottom of the gangway was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi official in charge of militias and close to Iran. Peter Baker,, "Seven days in January: How the US and Iran approached the brink of war," 11 Jan. 2020 Just be advised that sometimes those drinks sold on the gangway before heading ashore carry an additional fee. Brittany Chrusciel, USA TODAY, "Get the most out of your cruise beverage package by using it for these 8 drinks," 26 Dec. 2019 In the near future, Amazon, too, may extend its tentacles down towards the gangway. Jennifer Baljko, Fortune, "This Retailer Has Figured Out How to Profit in the One Place Amazon Doesn’t Reach (Yet)," 22 Dec. 2019 While the shooting itself was not captured, prosecutors alleged Godinez fired five rounds from the mouth of the gangway, ran back to his residence and texted his girlfriend to pick him up. Jason Meisner,, "Gang member shot plainclothes ATF agent, mistaking him for a rival, prosecutors say as trial opens," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of gangway

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gangway

earlier, "raised walkway on a ship," apparently from gang entry 1, in northern and Scots sense "passage" + way entry 1

Note: There is no continuity between this usage, first attested in 1688, and Old English gangweg, attested once.

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13 May 2020

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

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English Language Learners Definition of gangway

British : a passage between sections of seats in a theater, airplane, etc.
used to tell people in a crowd to move aside so that someone can pass through


gang·​way | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌwā How to pronounce gangway (audio) \

Kids Definition of gangway

1 : a passage into, through, or out of an enclosed space

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