gangway

noun gang·way \ ˈgaŋ-ˌwā \

Definition of gangway

1 :passageway; especially :a temporary way of planks
2 a :either of the sides of the upper deck of a ship
b :the opening by which a ship is boarded
3 British :aisle
4 a :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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Origin and Etymology of gangway

earlier, "raised walkway on a ship," apparently from 2gang, in northern and Scots sense "passage" + 1way
Note: There is no continuity between this usage, first attested in 1688, and Old English gangweg, attested once.


GANGWAY Defined for English Language Learners

gangway

noun

Definition of gangway for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GANGWAY Defined for Kids

gangway

noun gang·way \ ˈgaŋ-ˌwā \

Definition of gangway for Students

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


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