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

Examples of highway in a Sentence

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 Six construction workers were killed when the Key Bridge collapsed into the Patapsco River, cutting off most maritime traffic into Baltimore's busy port and severing an interstate highway that carried 34,000 vehicles per day. Joel Rose, NPR, 14 May 2024 Here's what to know about the highway closures and construction work happening on U.S. 60. Shelby Slade, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for highway 

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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

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“Highway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highway. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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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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