a raised road or path, as across low or wet ground.
a highway or paved way.

verb (used with object)

to pave (a road or street) with cobblestones or pebbles.
to provide with a causeway.

Origin of causeway

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at causey, way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a raised path or road crossing water, marshland, sand, etc
a paved footpath
a road surfaced with setts

Word Origin for causeway

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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