get·​away | \ ˈge-tə-ˌwā How to pronounce getaway (audio) \

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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Examples of getaway in a Sentence

We're planning a weekend getaway to the mountains. The resort advertises itself as the perfect island getaway.
Recent Examples on the Web Live out one of your romantic dreams by taking a vacation or taking off on a weekend getaway in early November. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for July 8, 2020: Happy birthday Milo Ventimiglia; Leo, find the best deal," 8 July 2020 My Brilliant Friend can look like a vacation — a quarter of the season took place on an island getaway! Kristen Baldwin,, "The best TV shows of 2020… so far," 1 July 2020 Officially re-opened to visitors on June 1, the Florida Keys and Key West might be the weekend getaway in Florida that will connect you with what a true vacation in this state is all about. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Weekend Getaways in Florida," 2 June 2020 At the back of this outdoor getaway the old stable has been restored to its original interior. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Old $1.9M A-frame in Bloomfield Hills is a modern-day mini-farm," 11 July 2020 The getaway will gather pace over coming days as more holidays and flights come on stream. Washington Post, "Summer getaway can begin: New UK quarantine rules in place," 10 July 2020 Yavapai and Gila counties — a frequent getaway for many Valley residents — was also expected to see dangerously hot conditions last Saturday through Monday in areas below 4,500 feet elevation. Helen Wieffering, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix to see record-breaking temperatures above 115 degrees this weekend," 10 July 2020 But the lovebirds' charming getaway doesn't last long. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Bindi Irwin had the 'weirdest honeymoon ever' in lockdown with husband at Australia Zoo," 10 July 2020 The getaway follows several months during which the famous family was spending most of their time at home during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Ally Mauch,, "Inside the Utah Resort where Kylie Jenner Vacationed: 'I Love It Here'," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of getaway

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of getaway was in 1849

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4 Aug 2020

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“Getaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce getaway (audio) \

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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