high·​way ˈhī-ˌwā How to pronounce highway (audio)
: a public way
especially : a main direct road

Example Sentences

I had heard there was a traffic jam on the highway, so I took the side roads. the four-lane highway narrows to two lanes once you leave the city
Recent Examples on the Web Impacts are absorbed without much excess reverberation, and the Jeep never feels floaty on the highway. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 12 Jan. 2023 The southbound Interstate 43 Holt Avenue off-ramp to go west is closed following a Milwaukee police pursuit that ended in a crash on the highway, the sheriff's office said in a tweet. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2023 State lawmakers confirmed to CBS affiliate WFSB-TV that Williams died after a vehicle heading the wrong way on a highway crashed head-on into another vehicle. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 5 Jan. 2023 The Texas Department of Transportation is conducting the cleanup of the crash, which caused significant traffic delays on the highway’s eastbound lanes during the evening rush hour. Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2023 Although the road was smooth, landing on the highway presented other difficulties. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2023 Finally, after 15 minutes of police chasing him down on the highway while blaring their horns, the driver woke up and pulled over. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 2 Jan. 2023 The Sheriff’s Office released a facial composite sketch days after the shooting, looking to identify the man who allegedly fired at two cars on the highway while driving a newer white BMW i8. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 30 Dec. 2022 The Salvation Army got there with cots and the guests stayed until their cars could be removed from being buried in the snow on the highway. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of highway was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near highway

Cite this Entry

“Highway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highway. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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high·​way ˈhī-ˌwā How to pronounce highway (audio)
: a public road
especially : a main direct road

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