run·way | \ ˈrən-ˌwā \

Definition of runway 

1a : a beaten path made by animals

b : a passageway for animals

2 : a paved strip of ground on a landing field for the landing and takeoff of aircraft

3a : a narrow platform from a stage into an auditorium

b : a platform along which models walk in a fashion show

5 : the area or path along which a jumper, pole vaulter, or javelin thrower runs

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Net-a-Porter is full of straight-off-the-runway, luxurious designer fashions that are impossible to resist (and sometimes, impossible to afford). Kami Phillips,, "Net-a-Porter is Having an Insanely Awesome 50 Percent Off Sale! Shop the Best Under-$200 Items Now," 4 June 2018 Women must vie for fresh-from-the-runway gowns from the hot designer of the moment. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Men Had It Easy on the Oscars Red Carpet. What If They Didn’t?," 5 Mar. 2018 But despite their past digs and hurtful comments, their fashion empire and huge runway shows continue to go on. Colleen Kratofil,, "Ashley Graham, Naomi Campbell Criticized for Walking Dolce & Gabbana Show After Selena Gomez Diss," 9 July 2018 More meaningful, however, is that smaller labels or those without runway shows can pay a monthly rate to be featured on the database alongside bigger houses, thus thrown into the sightlines of busy editors and stylists. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Tagwalk Wants to Be the Google of Fashion," 5 July 2018 Yesterday, on the last day of Paris Couture Week, Valentino staged a runway show reminding us all the power of dreamy, breathtaking couture gowns fit for a fashion fantasy. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 There also will be special events such as Family Art Day at noon this Sunday and a runway fashion show at noon Aug. 19. Ben Brazil,, "Festival of Arts returns to Laguna Beach on Thursday," 3 July 2018 But, as a recent Twitter trend points out, the need for inclusion doesn't stop at ads or runway shows; people with disabilities also deserve to have a more accessible shopping experience. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "People With Disabilities Share How Shopping Can Be More Accessible," 30 June 2018 Party and fashion show with shopping, drinks, runway show, DJ and impeccable views. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 25-July 1," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of runway

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of runway was in 1828

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English Language Learners Definition of runway

: a long strip of ground where airplanes take off and land

: a raised structure along which models walk in a fashion show


run·way | \ ˈrən-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of runway

1 : a path beaten by animals in going to and from feeding grounds

2 : a paved strip of ground on a landing field for the landing and takeoff of aircraft

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