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  1. the land over which a road is built; a road together with the land at its edge.
  2. the part of a road over which vehicles travel; road.
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Origin of roadway

First recorded in 1590–1600; road + way1
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Examples from the Web for roadway

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Historical Examples

  • Before anything more could be said there was a shout from the roadway near them.

  • The variable (an audible) part of the roadway for an automobile.

  • She stopped in the roadway, as if to put an end to the conference.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He climbed up the bank, and jumped over the low hedge into the roadway.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • And going out on to the pavement she called Pere Bru who was just then crossing the roadway.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for roadway


  1. the surface of a road
  2. the part of a road that is used by vehicles
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