av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -ˌnyü \

Definition of avenue

1 : a way of access : route
2 : a channel for pursuing a desired object avenues of communication
3a chiefly British : the principal walk or driveway to a house situated off a main road
b : a broad passageway bordered by trees
4 : an often broad street or road

Examples of avenue in a Sentence

We drove down the avenue. We plan to pursue all available avenues to get our message to the public. They have closed off that avenue of discussion. a new avenue of research
Recent Examples on the Web The flagship is in the heart of the Champs-Elysées, which in addition to being recognized around the world as the most beautiful avenue in the world, perfectly symbolizes these bridges of cultures. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The platform was billed as an avenue for cord cutters to watch all 17 IndyCar races live in 2022 and beyond. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 More than two hours before the Jubilee Pageant starts, crowds have already started gathering on the Mall, the wide avenue leading to Buckingham Palace, as well as Trafalgar Square at the other end. NBC News, 5 June 2022 No longer just an avenue for frugal-minded college grads looking to outfit their first apartment, secondhand furniture and decor sources are now coveted by the masses. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2022 Music is one way to do it, a healthy avenue that lifts his general outlook on life. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 With the absence of the hum of the combustion engine, the electric car sound is a fascinating subject with each brand exploring its avenue. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 27 May 2022 That avenue is now largely closed, some of them said. Kirsten Grind, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Ferreira’s research into the ACE2 protein, for instance, could yield a new avenue for preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection: blocking the receptors rather than attacking the virus itself. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of avenue

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avenue

Middle French, from feminine of avenu, past participle of avenir to come to, from Latin advenire — more at adventure

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23 Jun 2022

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“Avenue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenue. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -ˌnyü \

Kids Definition of avenue

1 : a wide street
2 : a way of reaching a goal She saw the job as an avenue to success.

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