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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. 2017.
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  • Ten minutes later Mrs. Zwiebel recognized with a leaping heart his footsteps on the areaway.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • The android, seeing his escape cut off, veered into an areaway.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • All this while, across the street, in the shadow of an areaway, stood a man in a mackintosh and a felt hat drawn well down.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • He was loitering opposite in the areaway of an empty residence.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • A lame boy was looking through the iron fence of the areaway.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • While I was running through the areaway I shouted to the actresses.

  • Taber pushed out through the choked entrance to the areaway and went back up the street.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • Let's jump down, run alongside the house by the areaway, and get out on the street.

    The Little Washingtons' Travels Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Jimmie Dale drew quickly back around the corner into an areaway.

  • Across the way a slinking shadow left the sidewalk and blended indistinguishably with the crowded shadows of an areaway.

    Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
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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