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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Jared Leto was undoubtedly committed to recreating a Gucci runway moment for the Met Gala, and things got a little saucy on Twitter. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Memes and Twitter Reactions From the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Many young adults need a longer runway just to explore their options. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Job Advice You Wish You Knew How to Give," 6 May 2019 But the carrier suffered a tragedy in 2006, when one of its jets skidded off a snowy runway and collided with a car on a Chicago road, killing a six-year-old boy. Stephen Paulsen, Houston Chronicle, "Passenger dies aboard United flight from Houston to Boston," 27 June 2018 For Reagan National, the state filed a separate petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for review of the FAA’s changes to the approach flight path for a runway. Colin Campbell,, "Maryland files petitions to change flight paths at BWI, Reagan airports to reduce noise," 26 June 2018 While attending a runway show for Dior, Lawrence (who is a brand ambassador for the French fashion house) posed with her gorgeous piece of jewelry that complemented her chic grey outfit. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence and Her Fiancé Cooke Maroney Snuggled Up During a Rare Public Outing," 5 Apr. 2019 For the fall 2018 collection show, for example, Tory Burch sent models down a grassy runway filled with 14,000 pink carnations. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Watch the Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2019 Show Live," 10 Feb. 2019 The irony of putting on a tuxedo — sans bowtie — to watch beautiful women stomp down a runway in underwear wasn’t lost on me. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 In the spirit of keeping dreams alive and being a runway, or launching pad, for more than just last year's six winners, the beloved Fixer Upper star is making Chipstarter 2.0 happen. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Chip Gaines Wants To Make Your Dreams Come True With Chipstarter 2.0," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of runway

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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