drive·​way | \ ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio) \

Definition of driveway

: a private road giving access from a public way to a building on abutting grounds

Examples of driveway in a Sentence

A long driveway led to the mansion.
Recent Examples on the Web That's all that's needed for a 20 foot driveway or sidewalk, Madison said. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Nov. 2021 Residents are asked to fill a bag with nonperishable items and paper products and leave it on your porch or driveway between 1 and 4 that Sunday (Nov. 14) where the groups will pick them up. cleveland, 7 Nov. 2021 For blowing grass clippings off the sidewalk, driveway, and patio, a cordless leaf blower is superior to one with a gas engine. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 14 Oct. 2021 Based on that tip, police mounted a camera on top of a nearby utility pole to monitor Tafoya’s front yard, driveway, backyard, and detached garage. Nick Sibilla, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Always stay on the sidewalk or driveway, and go all the way down one side of the street and back up the other side, rather than zig-zagging across the road. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2021 Tucked behind gates, the residence is reached by a long, winding driveway and a pair of sweeping staircases that ascend to the dramatic entry. Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 This time, only ankle-deep water covered her yard and driveway. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 Federal agents, with help from Nelson County highway department vehicles, continued to zero in on the driveway and pieces of concrete were trucked away. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of driveway

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of driveway was in 1871

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“Driveway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of driveway

: a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked


drive·​way | \ ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio) \

Kids Definition of driveway

: a private road leading from the street to a house or garage

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