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  1. a secluded, private, or obscure road.
  2. a subsidiary or obscure field of research, endeavor, etc.
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Origin of byway

1300–50; Middle English bywey. See by1 (adj.), way1
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Related Words for byway

roadway, boulevard, thoroughfare, route, street, artery, expressway, avenue, highway, pathway, aisle, lane, procedure, track, rail, direction, passage, trail, line, road

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Historical Examples of byway

  • One evening, in a byway where he was watching for her, Margot at last raised her hand.

    The Fte At Coqueville

    Emile Zola

  • Robbie had turned into a byway that bore the name of King's Arms Lane.

  • It meant that he knew every trail and byway for miles about Temple Camp.

    Tom Slade with the Colors

    Percy K. Fitzhugh

  • The street might have been a byway in old Pompeii for all the life that moved within it.

    The Life of the Party

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • It is a vile road, and I must take the byway through the forest.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

British Dictionary definitions for byway


  1. a secondary or side road, esp in the country
  2. an area, field of study, etc, that is very obscure or of secondary importance
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Word Origin and History for byway


mid-14c., from by + way (n.).

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