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[ahrch-wey] /ˈɑrtʃˌweɪ/
noun, Architecture.
an entrance or passage under an arch.
a covering or enclosing arch.
Origin of archway
First recorded in 1795-1805; arch1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There's not such a spring in England as the pump under the archway.

  • There was an archway at the end of the corridor, and a lamp hung under the archway.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Under the archway, he gave his key as usual to the doorkeeper.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • "Let us find her together," he said amiably, and so turned and went with her towards the archway.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Under the archway they rode, Farnese at the head of the cavalcade.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Marius obeyed him, and the men obeyed Marius, and vanished into the gloom of the archway.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Under the archway of the gate his horse stumbled and came down with him.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for archway


a passageway or entrance under an arch or arches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for archway

1802, from arch (n.) + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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