speed·​way ˈspēd-ˌwā How to pronounce speedway (audio)
: a public road on which fast driving is allowed
specifically : expressway
: a racecourse for automobiles or motorcycles
: a sprint race for motorcycles

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That same year, Rolex became the official timing partner of the speedway in Daytona, Florida. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin spoke at the speedway following his federal conviction for trespassing in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 Rinus Veekay won the road course race Saturday at Indy that kicked off the month of racing at the speedway. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 Rolex has been associated with the sport since the beginning, bringing the cachet of the world’s most coveted watch to the speedway. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2023 While there is no shortage of campsites near Talladega (and in fact, there are RV sites on the grounds of the speedway), Time Away is unique in many ways, and particularly because of its appeal to Black travelers from across the country (and even the globe). Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 1 Aug. 2022 Georgia about 50 miles west of the speedway. Paul Newberry, ajc, 20 Mar. 2022 Brase walked the grounds of the speedway, shaking hands and meeting newcomers. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 The convoy was better organized Sunday night, with big rigs lined up in rows near the entrance to the speedway. Ellie Silverman, baltimoresun.com, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speedway was in 1894

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“Speedway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedway. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


speed·​way ˈspēd-ˌwā How to pronounce speedway (audio)
: a racetrack for racing cars or motorcycles

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