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  1. a raised road or path, as across low or wet ground.
  2. a highway or paved way.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to pave (a road or street) with cobblestones or pebbles.
  2. to provide with a causeway.
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Origin of causeway

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at causey, way1
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  1. a raised path or road crossing water, marshland, sand, etc
  2. a paved footpath
  3. a road surfaced with setts
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Word Origin

C15 cauciwey (from cauci + way); cauci paved road, from Medieval Latin (via) calciāta, calciātus paved with limestone, from Latin calx limestone
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Word Origin and History for causeway


1570s, from Middle English cauceweye "raised road" (mid-15c.), first element from Anglo-French cauce, Old North French cauciee (12c., Modern French chaussée), from Vulgar Latin *via calciata "paved way," from Latin calcis, genitive of calx (2) "limestone," or Late Latin calciare "to stamp with the heels, tread" (on notion of a road or mound across marshy ground made firm by treading down), from Latin calx (1) "heel." For second element, see way.

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