[ av-uh-nyoo, -noo ]
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  1. a wide street or main thoroughfare.

  2. a means of access or attainment: avenues of escape; avenues to greater power.

  1. a way or means of entering into or approaching a place: the various avenues to India.

  2. Chiefly British.

    • a wide, usually tree-lined road, path, driveway, etc., through grounds to a country house or monumental building.

    • a suburban, usually tree-lined residential street.

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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How to use avenue in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for avenue


/ (ˈævɪˌnjuː) /

    • a broad street, often lined with trees

    • (capital as part of a street name) a road, esp in a built-up area: Shaftesbury Avenue

  1. a main approach road, as to a country house

  1. a way bordered by two rows of trees: an avenue of oaks

  2. a line of approach: explore every avenue

Origin of avenue

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

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