run·​way | \ ˈrən-ˌwā How to pronounce runway (audio) \

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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It has been criticized for casting a single body type in its campaigns and annual runway show. Glamour, "Victoria's Secret Swim Is Back After a Three-Year Hiatus," 20 Mar. 2019 The aesthetic took a creative lead from the legacy of Alexander McQueen and his legendary runway shows, while celebrating London’s design heroes of today: Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Anderson, Simone Rocha, and Richard Quinn. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Kitty Spencer Finally Steps Into the Spotlight," 19 Mar. 2019 The fact that the event was without many traditional fashion industry insiders also set it apart from a conventional runway show or presentation, and perhaps that was the point. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "I Spent 48 Hours in the Sedona Vortex With H&M Studio and Its New Spring 2019 Collection," 14 Mar. 2019 Irina Shayk The top model, boyfriend Bradley Cooper, and his mom Gloria Campano may have shut down the Oscars red carpet (Shayk donned a custom Burberry look), but by the looks of Irina's Insta, the real runway was at her hotel suite. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 As of early Sunday afternoon, the runways at Sea-Tac Airport were wet and clear. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Fresh snow arrives in Seattle, closing region’s schools again," 11 Feb. 2019 Katy and her four friends will try to become the next broadway, runway, and music stars in this musical spin-off. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Riverdale"'s New Spin-Off, "Katy Keene"," 24 Jan. 2019 In past years, a man ran past a security guard in the airport cargo area and across two runways, and in another instance someone threw a bag to someone located inside the fenced-in area. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson fence breach raises security concerns," 28 June 2018 This longer runway to a career is one reason today’s graduates are less financially stable than their predecessors. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 25 May 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
US : a raised structure along which models walk in a fashion show


run·​way | \ ˈrən-ˌwā How to pronounce runway (audio) \

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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