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[bahy-wey] /ˈbaɪˌweɪ/
a secluded, private, or obscure road.
a subsidiary or obscure field of research, endeavor, etc.
Origin of byway
1300-50; Middle English bywey. See by1 (adj.), way1 Unabridged
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  • Robbie had turned into a byway that bore the name of King's Arms Lane.

  • The street might have been a byway in old Pompeii for all the life that moved within it.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • He says nothing, therefore; but, bending to his oars, pulls on up the byway.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • It is a vile road, and I must take the byway through the forest.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • A little further on, one cried from a byway in rusty English: "Come and see my Dispensary."

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • One evening, in a byway where he was watching for her, Margot at last raised her hand.

  • He knew every highway and byway, and in the capital city of Melzarr could almost have made his way blindfolded.

    The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • It meant that he knew every trail and byway for miles about Temple Camp.

    Tom Slade with the Colors Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • Already the fighting mob was surging through highway and byway lighted by the glare of the burning church.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • From every farm and byway came men to have a word with the superintendent.

British Dictionary definitions for byway


a secondary or side road, esp in the country
an area, field of study, etc, that is very obscure or of secondary importance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for byway

mid-14c., from by + way (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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