noun Architecture.

an entrance or passage under an arch.
a covering or enclosing arch.

Origin of archway

First recorded in 1795–1805; arch1 + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for archway

Contemporary Examples of archway

Historical Examples of archway

  • There's not such a spring in England as the pump under the archway.

  • There was an archway at the end of the corridor, and a lamp hung under the archway.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Under the archway, he gave his key as usual to the doorkeeper.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • "Let us find her together," he said amiably, and so turned and went with her towards the archway.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Under the archway they rode, Farnese at the head of the cavalcade.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for archway



a passageway or entrance under an arch or arches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for archway

1802, from arch (n.) + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper