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[foo t-path, -pahth] /ˈfʊtˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noun, plural footpaths
[foo t-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈfʊtˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA)
a path for people going on foot.
British. footway (def 2).
Origin of footpath
First recorded in 1520-30; foot + path Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for footpath
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  • I was gazing idly at the footpath opposite, which is bounded by the Luxembourg railings.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Presently they reached a footpath from which the house at Hoddon Grey could be reached.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I am in the proper way, while you very improperly ride on the footpath.

  • She's taken the footpath to the left that leads into Steeple!

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • She went inland, across the stream, and took a footpath back to the shore.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The other three men were already out on the footpath in front of the bank entrance.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • The men on the footpath looked at one another and then at her.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • The lady had walked along the footpath, and now came across into the road.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • There is just a footpath between the crags and the pond, which is very deep on that side.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Everything was covered with snow; there was not even a footpath.

British Dictionary definitions for footpath


a narrow path for walkers only
(mainly Brit & Austral, NZ) another word for pavement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for footpath

also foot-path 1520s, from foot (n.) + path.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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