Broadway

[brawd-wey]
noun
  1. a street in New York City, famous for its theaters, restaurants, and bright lights.
  2. the theater district located on or near this street, especially as the center of the professional or commercial theater in the U.S.
adjective
  1. (of a play, theatrical performance, etc.) pertaining to, suitable for, or produced in the commercial theater, especially on Broadway: a Broadway show.
  2. acting or working on Broadway: a Broadway producer; a Broadway star.
  3. characteristic of or frequenting the theater district on Broadway.
  4. garish; tawdry.
Related formsBroad·way·ite, noun
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Broadway

noun
  1. a thoroughfare in New York City, famous for its theatres: the centre of the commercial theatre in the US
adjective
  1. of or relating to or suitable for the commercial theatre, esp on Broadway
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 broadway

Broadway

common street name, from broad (adj.) + way (n.); the allusive use for "New York theater district" is first recorded 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

broadway in Culture

Broadway

The central group of theaters presenting live drama in New York City. Many of them are located on or adjacent to the street called Broadway (see also Broadway) in Manhattan.

Broadway

A street in Manhattan, in New York City, that passes through Times Square.

Note

Broadway is known for its theaters. (See also under “Fine Arts.”)

Note

It is sometimes called the “Great White Way” because of its bright lights.
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