side road


Definition of side road

: a smaller road off a main road

Examples of side road in a Sentence

We like driving on side roads when we travel.
Recent Examples on the Web Drivers can exit at Wilsonville and take Stafford Road north to Ellingsen to rejoin the freeway or some of the side roads that border the freeway. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Semi truck crash, fire closes I-5 north in Wilsonville," 20 Feb. 2020 Watch out for icy spots overnight, especially on side roads in colder areas west of the Beltway, where an inch or more of snow fell. Washington Post, "Updated forecast: Snow exits D.C. area after a coating to a couple of inches. Icy spots possible overnight.," 7 Jan. 2020 Scott Salerno, from Westfield, NJ near Newark, was leaving from a day trip of hunting with his dog near Collier Mills Wildlife area when a car came out of a side road and waved him down. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Waze fixes app after police say it left drivers stranded on unpaved roads 45 miles away from the casino they were trying to reach," 22 Jan. 2020 From a small side road, observers can view extensive rows of chicken cages that are patrolled by at least two large dogs. Washington Post, "This D.C. suburb — known for its lawyers, lobbyists and scientists — was also home to a breeding operation for cockfighting, police allege," 4 Dec. 2019 Areas under an evacuation advisory include Colorado Road from Highway 140 to Davis Road, all of Davis Road, Highway 140 from Colorado Road to Midpines Market, Rancheria Creek Road, Rumley Mine Road and Ponderosa Way, including all side roads. Anna Bauman,, "Briceburg Fire near Yosemite destroys structure, 28% contained," 10 Oct. 2019 On a recent tour, he was confronted by dozens of armed guards on the side road to Area 51's popular main gate, causing him to turn back. Fox News, "'Storm Area 51' has Nevada desert towns on edge as they brace themselves for flood of visitors," 19 Sep. 2019 While many caravan participants surrendered, others scattered and veered from the highway at the point where authorities blocked the northbound route and sought to continue their journey on side roads, circumventing the enforcement cordon. Los Angeles Times, "Mexican authorities stop caravan of migrants attempting to head north," 12 Oct. 2019 Although high temperatures will reach the 40s in the afternoon, the early morning commute may be slippery, particularly on the untreated side roads and sidewalks. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "SchoolCast and FedCast for Tuesday, Jan. 9," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of side road

1691, in the meaning defined above

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“Side road.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of side road

: a smaller road that is connected to a main road

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