road·​side | \ ˈrōd-ˌsīd How to pronounce roadside (audio) \

Definition of roadside

: the strip of land along a road : the side of a road

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Other Words from roadside

roadside adjective

Examples of roadside in a Sentence

a hamburger stand on the roadside
Recent Examples on the Web Still others are concerned about the cumulative impact of the forestry department’s actions when coupled with roadside logging, the huge harvest taking place on private lands, and potential federal timber sales. oregonlive, "Wildfire recovery plan for Santiam State Forest garners blowback from all corners," 15 Jan. 2021 More interested in a roadside bang than a ball, his mistress (Sabrina Bartlett) found someone who doesn’t make her compromise and got to shut the door in Anthony’s face. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Bridgertons, Ranked," 12 Jan. 2021 The travel service is gearing up for what could be a spike in emergency roadside calls for help. Christine Dempsey,, "More than a half-foot of snow falls in parts of Connecticut; up to 18 inches expected during first major snowstorm of the season; schools, state offices closed," 17 Dec. 2020 Sheila Naylor, a substitute teacher near Sedalia, Mo., says the chance discovery of a milkweed plant in her yard five years ago inspired a quest to grow the monarch’s host plant in every available inch of yard and roadside. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Endangered-species decision expected on beloved butterfly," 14 Dec. 2020 Bending around the Bay to the north, there is a roadside park in the town of Larkspur, where Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) lived with his family before decamping for Sacramento. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "A pandemic side effect: Used masks polluting California coastal waters," 11 Dec. 2020 It’s the tale of a single mother whose daughter is killed one night in a roadside accident. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 50 Best Horror Movies on Shudder," 2 Jan. 2021 The verses that flowed from this roadside epiphany told a story from the point of view of a pregnant girl deserted by her lover and abandoned by her scandalized parents. Eddie Dean, WSJ, "Here She Comes Again: Reading Dolly Parton," 31 Dec. 2020 One day in October, Birx and Zaidi were eating lunch at a roadside stop in Utah, beside the Bonneville Salt Flats, where land speed records are often set. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of roadside

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roadside was circa 1657

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23 Jan 2021

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“Roadside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roadside

: the land that is along a road : the area beside a road


road·​side | \ ˈrōd-ˌsīd How to pronounce roadside (audio) \

Kids Definition of roadside

: the strip of land beside a road

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