gate·​way | \ ˈgāt-ˌwā How to pronounce gateway (audio) \

Definition of gateway

1 : an opening for a gate

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of gateway in a Sentence

Mourners slowly passed though the gateway of the cemetery. hopefully, my college degree will be a gateway to a high-paying job

Recent Examples on the Web

The Persian Gulf has since become a major gateway for East-West travel in the aviation industry. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "US: Iran military could misidentify airliners amid tension," 19 May 2019 The area’s main gateway is Sihanoukville, a port city named for a former king. Sanjay Surana, WSJ, "Cambodia: The Chicest New Beach Destination in Asia," 15 Jan. 2019 Epithelial cells act as a gateway for things to be absorbed or blocked. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 In Florida City, a gateway to the Florida Keys with a population of 12,297, police received reports for 344 violent crimes in 2016. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Two Miami-area cities among the 'most dangerous' in the nation, report finds," 8 May 2018 Buildings along the south side of the highway were razed to put on a better face for visitors along a road that serves as the gateway to Camden for thousands of motorists daily. Maddie Hanna,, "As Subaru opens its new HQ, there's hope that it will bring change to Admiral Wilson Boulevard," 26 Apr. 2018 The gateway to self-love is empathy, compassion, and unbridled honesty. Wade Davis, Good Housekeeping, "It's Time to Stop the Cycle of Shame, and Teach Boys How to Love Themselves," 30 Apr. 2019 Keyes said in a phone interview. Winter storm surge flooding is the latest indication that something’s off-kilter around the Bering Strait, the gateway from the Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 The moon continues to offer a gateway to the universe. Basil Hero, WSJ, "Fifty Years After Apollo 11, the Moon Is More Important Than Ever," 27 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gateway.' 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 gateway

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gateway

Dictionary Entries near gateway

gate valve




gateway drug



Statistics for gateway

Last Updated

7 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gateway

The first known use of gateway was in 1707

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gateway



English Language Learners Definition of gateway

: an opening in a wall or fence that can be closed by a gate


gate·​way | \ ˈgāt-ˌwā How to pronounce gateway (audio) \

Kids Definition of gateway

1 : an opening for a gate a stone gateway
2 : a passage into or out of a place or condition Determination is the gateway to success.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on gateway

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with gateway

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for gateway

Spanish Central: Translation of gateway

Nglish: Translation of gateway for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of gateway for Arabic Speakers

Comments on gateway

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


to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


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!