avenue

[ av-uh-nyoo, -noo ]
/ ˈæv əˌnyu, -ˌnu /

noun

a wide street or main thoroughfare.
a means of access or attainment: avenues of escape; avenues to greater power.
a way or means of entering into or approaching a place: the various avenues to India.
Chiefly British.
  1. a wide, usually tree-lined road, path, driveway, etc., through grounds to a country house or monumental building.
  2. a suburban, usually tree-lined residential street.

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Origin of avenue

First recorded in 1590–1600; from French, literally, “approach,” noun use of feminine past participle of avenir, from Latin advenīre “to come to.” See a-5, venue

synonym study for avenue

1. See street.
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British Dictionary definitions for avenue

avenue
/ (ˈævɪˌnjuː) /

noun

  1. a broad street, often lined with trees
  2. (capital as part of a street name) a road, esp in a built-up areaShaftesbury Avenue
a main approach road, as to a country house
a way bordered by two rows of treesan avenue of oaks
a line of approachexplore every avenue

Word Origin for avenue

C17: from French, from avenir to come to, from Latin advenīre, from venīre to come
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