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[kawz-wey] /ˈkɔzˌweɪ/
a raised road or path, as across low or wet ground.
a highway or paved way.
verb (used with object)
to pave (a road or street) with cobblestones or pebbles.
to provide with a causeway.
Origin of causeway
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at causey, way1 Unabridged
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  • The awful carnage that now raged along the length of the causeway, was nowhere so great as at this point.

    The White Conquerors Kirk Munroe
  • Eyebright walked with her as far as the causeway, and parted with a hearty kiss.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • This time she did not pass beneath the arch of the causeway.

  • The tide was drawing over the causeway, cutting them off from everybody else in the world.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • The causeway ran through it, a mere thread lipped by the darkling waves, and at the sight a grunt of relief broke from Badelon.

    Count Hannibal Stanley J. Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for causeway


a raised path or road crossing water, marshland, sand, etc
a paved footpath
a road surfaced with setts
Word Origin
C15 cauciwey (from cauci + way); cauci paved road, from Medieval Latin (via) calciāta, calciātus paved with limestone, from Latin calx limestone
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Word Origin and History for causeway

1570s, from Middle English cauceweye "raised road" (mid-15c.), first element from Anglo-French cauce, Old North French cauciee (12c., Modern French chaussée), from Vulgar Latin *via calciata "paved way," from Latin calcis, genitive of calx (2) "limestone," or Late Latin calciare "to stamp with the heels, tread" (on notion of a road or mound across marshy ground made firm by treading down), from Latin calx (1) "heel." For second element, see way.

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