get·away | \ˈge-tə-ˌwā \

Definition of getaway 

1 : an act or instance of getting away: such as

a : escape

b : start

2 : a place suitable for a vacation

3 : a vacation especially of brief duration

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Synonyms for getaway


break, breakout, escape, flight, lam, rout, slip

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Examples of getaway in a Sentence

We're planning a weekend getaway to the mountains. The resort advertises itself as the perfect island getaway.

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The pair then headed out on a romantic getaway, though the itinerary is still a mystery. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at Trooping the Colour in a Gorgeous Off-the-Shoulder Blush Dress," 9 June 2018 Those seeking a romantic getaway two hours down the Mass. Pike seems to be the target demographic here, though children over age 16 are welcome. Anthony Flint,, "In the lap of luxury in Lenox, at the reborn Blantyre," 6 June 2018 Earlier this month, Sofia and Scott are seen babysitting the kids while Kourtney is off on a romantic getaway with boyfriend and model Younes Bendjima. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's a Complete Timeline of Scott Disick and Sofia Richie's Relationship," 5 June 2018 Five state parks, 19 county parks and 300 miles of shoreline for outdoor lovers; fine dining and wineries for foodies; quaint bed and breakfasts and inns for romantic getaways. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin bucket list: 20 things you have to do," 17 May 2018 There are themed overnight packages such as a Bed & Breakfast, Spa, golf packages and romantic getaways. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Nassau County: Ritz carves out a luxurious corner," 6 May 2018 According to the latest Romance Travel Study from The Knot, roughly 82% of newlyweds are opting for two- to five-day romantic getaways after the big day, USA Today reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Millennial newlyweds are ditching honeymoons for ‘many-moons’," 14 Apr. 2018 Options range in size from the one-bedrooms Cabin #1 and Cabin #4, which are perfect for a romantic couple’s getaway, to the three-bedroom Cabin #3, which can accommodate up to eight people comfortably. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Alabama Couple Painstakingly Restores 6 Pioneer Log Cabins to Create The Ultimate Mountain Getaway," 15 Mar. 2018 The couple were engaged in March 2017 during a romantic getaway in Paris. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Johnny Manziel and Bre Tiesi get married," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of getaway

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of getaway

: the act of getting away or escaping

: a short vacation

: a place where people go for a short vacation


get·away | \ˈge-tə-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of getaway

1 : escape entry 2 sense 1 We made our getaway under cover of darkness.

2 : a place suitable for vacation a tropical getaway

3 : a usually short vacation

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a state of commotion or excitement

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