thru·​way ˈthrü-ˌwā How to pronounce thruway (audio)
variants or less commonly throughway

Example Sentences

the New York State Thruway we took back roads on the way out, and the thruway on the way back
Recent Examples on the Web Just one thruway — the evocatively named Going-to-the-Sun Road — traverses Glacier. Kathleen Mclaughlin, Washington Post, 11 July 2020 The Tienditas bridge, a key thruway connecting Colombia and Venezuela, is set to open on Thursday (Dec. 15) in a literal and metaphorical demonstration of improving relations between the two South American countries. Diego Lasarte, Quartz, 14 Dec. 2022 In Dnipro, a regional capital in central Ukraine, dashboard camera footage showed a giant explosion in the center of a city street as vehicles drove along a main thruway. David L. Stern, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022 These scientists suggest tweaking the mass and charge of fermions—fundamental building blocks of matter—could keep the cosmic thruway open. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thruway was in 1930

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“Thruway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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