rest area


Definition of rest area

: an area adjacent to a highway at which restrooms and refreshments are usually available

Examples of rest area in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

On the rose-and-white model, the palm rest area and space around the keyboard are covered with a very nice fiberglass-like weave that gives it a bit of texture and makes for a little bit softer edge. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "The 2018 XPS 13 Developer’s Edition—Have it your way on a “just works” Linux laptop," 12 Dec. 2018 The deputy, 28-year-old Jaime Morales, underwent a second surgery following the confrontation late Tuesday at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Scott County, just north of Lexington — Kentucky's second-largest city. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "Kentucky troopers: Deputy shot at rest stop, suspect killed," 12 Sep. 2018 On the Boeing 757-200 model aircraft, like the one flown from Newark to Glasgow, one of the 16 lie-flat business class seats is reserved for as the crew rest area, according to The Points Guy. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "United pilot seen sleeping during flight was following FAA regulations, reports find," 13 Sep. 2018 Some remained in their 18-wheelers along the highways, while others moved their vehicles to rest areas. Washington Post, "Empty stores, shuttered gas posts in Brazil truckers’ strike," 26 May 2018 Going south, the next rest area is past Cincinnati at exit 181 near Florence, Kentucky. Cameron Knight,, "I-71 rest stops near Lebanon closed until 2019," 8 May 2018 However, truckers often pull into rest areas and find all the parking spots filled. Martin E. Comas,, "New sensors alert truckers to open spaces on I-4 rest area in Seminole, others on I-95," 27 June 2018 On a recent visit, I was startled by a family of bighorn sheep lounging on a picnic ramada at the rest area. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 The crash occurred around milepost 208 in Arlington, just north of the Smokey Point rest area. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Oregon woman killed in I-5 collision near Arlington caused by wrong-way driver," 2 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rest area.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rest area

1971, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rest area

Share rest area

Dictionary Entries near rest area



rest and residue

rest area




Statistics for rest area

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rest area

The first known use of rest area was in 1971

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rest area

rest area


English Language Learners Definition of rest area

US : an area next to a highway where people can stop to rest, use the bathroom, get food, etc.

More from Merriam-Webster on rest area

Spanish Central: Translation of rest area

Comments on rest area

What made you want to look up rest area? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the way words of a language are spelled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!