noun, plural clo·ver·leafs, clo·ver·leaves.
a road arrangement, resembling a four-leaf clover in form, for permitting easy traffic movement between two intersecting high-speed highways. One highway passes over the other, and both are joined by a system of curved feeder roads permitting vehicles to enter and leave the highways.
Origin of cloverleaf
Related formsclo·ver·leafed, adjective
First recorded in 1930–35; clover
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for cloverleafcrossing
Examples from the Web for cloverleaf
Historical Examples of cloverleaf
He entered the cloverleaf and was halfway through it when he saw the copter.
The clubs of playing-cards are also no doubt an imitation of the cloverleaf.
Immediately, he put the groundcar in drive and whipped out of the cloverleaf under full acceleration.
Dark slowed and entered the cloverleaf that took him onto the bypass expressway.
Every cloverleaf sparkled and the leaves of wheat bristled like tiny spears.
British Dictionary definitions for cloverleaf
noun plural -leaves
an arrangement of connecting roads, resembling a four-leaf clover in form, that joins two intersecting main roads
(modifier) in the shape or pattern of a leaf of clover
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Word Origin and History for cloverleaf
1882, from clover + leaf (n.). Highway interchange sense attested by 1933.
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