road·​side ˈrōd-ˌsīd How to pronounce roadside (audio)
: the strip of land along a road : the side of a road
roadside adjective

Examples of roadside in a Sentence

a hamburger stand on the roadside
Recent Examples on the Web During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Larkin worked on a Pentagon team assigned to figure out how to counter the threat of roadside bombs. Dave Philipps, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2023 Prewitt was headed north in a 2014 Buick when the vehicle left the road, crashed into a culvert, then came to a stop in a roadside ditch, the report says. Grant Lancaster,, 22 Nov. 2023 To warm up after your swim, try Cullen Skink, a delicious creamy fish stew readily available at cafes and roadside stops nearby, with a crusty roll of bread. Freya Bromley, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 In all, Saturday probably offered a glittering glimpse of a fall day out of legend and memory, of long-ago football games and sunlit excursions on roads and trails embellished by the fiercely polychromatic hues of tree after roadside tree. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 End of the road Even the best tires will need to be replaced, either thanks to wear or the kind of roadside debris that can not only ruin a tire but also your entire day. Tim Stevens, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 Police cruisers often wait nearby, in a stand of trees across from a small roadside cemetery. Samantha Sunne, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2023 Insurance companies, car manufacturers, rideshare services, and public agencies use CMT data to assess driver behavior, encourage safer driving, dispatch roadside assistance, and more. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Nov. 2023 The morning drizzle had just let up, and yellow wildflowers dotted the roadside. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roadside was circa 1657

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: the strip of land along a road : the side of a road


2 of 2 adjective
: located by the side of a road
roadside hamburger stand

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