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  1. a sunken area leading to a cellar or basement entrance, or in front of basement or cellar windows.
  2. a passageway, especially one between buildings.
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Origin of areaway

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; area + way1
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Examples from the Web for areaway

Historical Examples of areaway

  • The android, seeing his escape cut off, veered into an areaway.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • He was loitering opposite in the areaway of an empty residence.

  • While I was running through the areaway I shouted to the actresses.

  • Mrs. Schrimm said as she bustled out to the areaway and slammed the door.

  • The man skidded on the filthy alley surface as he turned into the areaway.

    Deadly City

    Paul W. Fairman

British Dictionary definitions for areaway


  1. a passageway between parts of a building or between different buildings
  2. See area (def. 7)
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