side·​walk | \ ˈsīd-ˌwȯk How to pronounce sidewalk (audio) \

Definition of sidewalk

: a usually paved walk for pedestrians at the side of a street

Examples of sidewalk in a Sentence

Bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalk.

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Moreover, the gold seven wasn’t floating up from the sidewalk below. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "Taylor Swift on Sexism, Scrutiny, and Standing Up for Herself," 8 Aug. 2019 Murphy looks at a man walking down the sidewalk on the other side of the street. Finding Joe Murphy,, "Joe Murphy, Red Wings' No. 1 pick, is homeless again — and refusing help," 8 Aug. 2019 The nightlife is good, the sidewalks filled with beautiful people walking their dogs at all hours. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Review: No bad orders and plenty of sauce at Ellie’s in Long Beach," 8 Aug. 2019 Chad Seay, a manager at Andre’s Café, said that dozens of people used to occupy the sidewalk outside the Worcester Square restaurant, discouraging customers. Danny Mcdonald,, "Tensions flare as homeless and drug users spread into South End," 8 Aug. 2019 The front window is a roll-up garage door, creating an airy, outdoors feel that opens to patio seating on the front sidewalk. Andre Meunier,, "Experimentation, education served up in style at Labrewatory: Portland Breweries Series," 7 Aug. 2019 Parking, landscaping and sidewalks will also be improved. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Plans for Airline farmers market unveiled at groundbreaking," 7 Aug. 2019 Governments have been on the warpath against these devices, which have now been implicated in eight deaths and are accused of littering up sidewalks. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "E-Scooters are worse for the environment than many claim, study indicates," 6 Aug. 2019 The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak’s corner market in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have nowhere safe to go at night. Janie Har, The Mercury News, "San Francisco curbs waste with public toilets, ‘poop patrol’," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sidewalk

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sidewalk was in 1739

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English Language Learners Definition of sidewalk

US : a usually concrete path along the side of a street for people to walk on


side·​walk | \ ˈsīd-ˌwȯk How to pronounce sidewalk (audio) \

Kids Definition of sidewalk

: a usually paved walk at the side of a street or road

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