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[air-ee-uh-wey] /ˈɛər i əˌweɪ/
a sunken area leading to a cellar or basement entrance, or in front of basement or cellar windows.
a passageway, especially one between buildings.
Origin of areaway
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; area + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The android, seeing his escape cut off, veered into an areaway.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • He was loitering opposite in the areaway of an empty residence.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • While I was running through the areaway I shouted to the actresses.

  • Mrs. Schrimm said as she bustled out to the areaway and slammed the door.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • The man skidded on the filthy alley surface as he turned into the areaway.

    Deadly City Paul W. Fairman
  • A lame boy was looking through the iron fence of the areaway.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • Inside, he locked the door and lowered the shade of the single window which looked out on an areaway.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • The large car was puffing impatiently to be on the road, when a gayly bedecked personage emerged from the areaway.

    Little Washington's Relatives Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Let's jump down, run alongside the house by the areaway, and get out on the street.

    The Little Washingtons' Travels Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Ten minutes later Mrs. Zwiebel recognized with a leaping heart his footsteps on the areaway.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
British Dictionary definitions for areaway


a passageway between parts of a building or between different buildings
See area (sense 7)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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