motorway

noun
mo·​tor·​way | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌwā How to pronounce motorway (audio) \

Definition of motorway

chiefly British

Examples of motorway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Currently the cheapest little ICE city car could do a 3-hour motorway journey cruising at legal maximum speeds in one go. Neil Winton, Forbes, "Electric Cars Are Coming And If You Don’t Like It, Tough," 9 Mar. 2021 Last September near Lahore in Pakistan a woman driving on the motorway late at night ran out of fuel. The Economist, "A terrible toll Violence against women is a scourge on poor countries," 7 Mar. 2021 Naturally, the Belgians—among Europe’s biggest petrolheads—built a motorway through it. The Economist, "Charlemagne The rise of dirty politics in Europe," 20 Feb. 2021 There, motorway traffic now crawls along at 100kph (62mph) after the government cut the daytime speed limit from 130kph to stop the country busting through its pollution limits. The Economist, "Charlemagne The rise of dirty politics in Europe," 20 Feb. 2021 The ban is threatening fresh-food supplies and just-in-time manufacturing, and led to hundreds of trucks stuck on the motorway into Dover, Britain’s busiest ferry port. Lucy Meakin, Bloomberg.com, "40,000 Lemons Missing: U.K. Port Chaos Upends Brexit Planning," 22 Dec. 2020 Trucks bound for the continent are lined up on the M20 motorway outside Dover, Britain’s busiest ferry port, after a new coronavirus strain prompted France on Sunday to bar drivers from crossing the Channel. Deirdre Hipwell, Fortune, "After mutant virus fears cut off trucking routes to Europe, U.K. businesses look to cargo jets and freight trains," 22 Dec. 2020 Trucks bound for the continent are lined up on the M20 motorway outside Dover, Britain’s busiest ferry port, after a new coronavirus strain prompted France on Sunday to bar drivers from crossing the Channel. Deirdre Hipwell, Fortune, "After mutant virus fears cut off trucking routes to Europe, U.K. businesses look to cargo jets and freight trains," 22 Dec. 2020 Trucks bound for the continent are lined up on the M20 motorway outside Dover, Britain’s busiest ferry port, after a new coronavirus strain prompted France on Sunday to bar drivers from crossing the Channel. Deirdre Hipwell, Fortune, "After mutant virus fears cut off trucking routes to Europe, U.K. businesses look to cargo jets and freight trains," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of motorway

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorway was in 1897

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7 May 2021

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“Motorway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motorway. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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motorway

noun

English Language Learners Definition of motorway

British : a large highway

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