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.

Nearby words

  1. avenger,
  2. avens,
  3. aventail,
  4. aventine,
  5. aventurine,
  6. avenzoar,
  7. aver,
  8. average,
  9. average adjuster,
  10. average deviation

Origin of avenue

1590–1600; < French, literally, approach, noun use of feminine past participle of avenir < Latin advenīre to come to. See a-5, venue

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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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Word Origin and History for avenue

avenue

n.

c.1600, "a way of approach" (originally a military word), from Middle French avenue "way of access," from Old French avenue "act of approaching, arrival," noun use of fem. of avenu, past participle of avenir "to come to, arrive," from Latin advenire "to come to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning shifted to "a way of approach to a country-house," usually bordered by trees, hence, "a broad, tree-lined roadway" (1650s), then to "wide, main street" (by 1846, especially in U.S.).

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