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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All the coastal cities have added pedestrian crosswalks with signs and traffic signals, more parking, wider sidewalks and other improvements along the highway. (charlie Neuman), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Roundabouts, crosswalks get inital OK for downtown Oceanside," 12 June 2019 That’s the average amount Portland taxpayers shell out each time a crew is dispatched to clean up human waste from city streets, sidewalks or parks, according to a government analysis., "Portland has a plan for its human poop problem," 11 June 2019 As the parade began, one spectator brought his 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter to the front of the sidewalk to get the best view. Ivana Hrynkiw |,, "Birmingham celebrates pride week with hour-long parade," 8 June 2019 Like cherry blossoms, jacaranda trees can be just a bit messy—their flowers often fall to the ground and cover the sidewalks and streets below, just like the classic pink bloom of cherry trees. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Purple Jacaranda Trees Are the New Cherry Blossom, I'm Calling It," 5 June 2019 The drab exterior had cracked concrete sidewalks and a mostly empty parking lot. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 The implementation of such zones would require closing 80 percent of the sidewalk in front of the White House, a popular place for impromptu demonstrations. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The Trump administration is trying to restrict access to D.C. public spaces popular with protesters," 12 Oct. 2018 Oak Forest Public Works Director Richard Rinchich said in a memorandum to aldermen that Oak Forest will get an extra 17 squares of sidewalk replaced with the extra funds. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "Oak Forest to spend $20K more on sidewalk repairs this summer," 13 July 2018 Talib says this while sitting on the curb of the sidewalk between the Rams’ practice field and parking lot. Andy Benoit,, "Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters: How a Pair of High-End Corners Could Give the Rams the Edge," 20 June 2018

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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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