mo·​tor·​way ˈmō-tər-ˌwā How to pronounce motorway (audio)
chiefly British

Examples of motorway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not far out of the city, before hitting the motorway, Frank would have pulled over at a service station, filled up with fuel, bought a newspaper, tea, a breakfast roll, and a bar of chocolate. Mary Costello, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 In Utrecht, in the Netherlands, a 12-lane motorway was replaced with canals and green space, restoring the original waterways that had been paved over years ago for roads. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 Ayub plays Adam, who works night shifts at a motorway service station and lives a lonely life. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 2 Sep. 2023 The boss of the U.K.’s most extensive motorway services provider has warned of the challenge ahead for grid capacity as more and more British motorists switch to electric vehicles. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Just Stop Oil caused huge disruption with supporters climbing motorway gantries on the M25 and the QEII Bridge in Dartford, Kent, as well as blocking main roads in London. Press Association,, 5 Feb. 2023 At the beginning of the war in Ukraine, hackers tweaked charging stations along the Moscow–Saint Petersburg motorway in Russia to greet users with anti-Putin messages. Tik Root, WIRED, 5 July 2023 Because traffic can be so excessive, the company that manages Italy's motorways rolled out an alternating license plate system for rental cars traveling the stretch between Positano and Vietri sul Mare. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2023 Songs about doomed romance, lost hometowns and the general tragedy of life blare from speakers at motorway service stations and from the radios of buses and taxis driven by older men. The Economist, 5 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motorway was in 1897

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“Motorway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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