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[drahyv-wey] /ˈdraɪvˌweɪ/
a road, especially a private one, leading from a street or other thoroughfare to a building, house, garage, etc.
any road for driving on.
Origin of driveway
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; drive + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Alice clutched Walter's arm in a panic; they were just at the driveway entrance.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • "The effect is better," he remarked, and went to stand where he could view the driveway.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Before us was a driveway, shaded by great elms and bordered by rose hedges.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That was just as they came out by the big posts at the entrance to the driveway.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Tires screeched in the driveway while Beryl was still at the telephone.

    Martians Never Die Lucius Daniel
British Dictionary definitions for driveway


a private road for vehicles, often connecting a house or garage with a public road; drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for driveway

1884 in sense "private road from a public road to a private house," from drive (v.) + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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