- Also called belt highway. a highway around the perimeter of an urban area.
- the Beltway, the Washington, D.C., area within the highway that encircles it.
Origin of beltway
Examples from the Web for beltway
It was just something they knew they had to say for a while to sound responsible in Beltway land.How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?
October 29, 2014
After all, Beltway elites—and many voters—are under the impression that the Republican Party is still nostalgic for the Cold War.Rick Perry: America’s Next Top Strategist?
September 20, 2014
But travel outside the Beltway, and the conversation about impeachment is far from abstract.Don’t Be Fooled: The GOP Wants Impeachment
August 1, 2014
For Sanders, all of that speculation is nonsense, Beltway gossip that is distracting people from running to the barricades.Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation?
July 2, 2014
He also may find unexpected support from inside the Beltway.Runoff Required in Mississippi’s Dirtiest Primary
June 4, 2014
- the usual US name for a ring road
- (usually with capital)
- the people and institutions located in the area bounded by the Washington Beltway, taken to be politically and socially out of touch with the rest of America and much given to political intrigue
- (as modifier)Beltway Cassandras
Word Origin and History for beltway
term in U.S. for a ring highway around an urban area, especially Interstate 495 around Washington, D.C., the Capital Beltway, completed 1964. Figurative for "Washington, D.C., and its culture" for better or worse, since c.1978.