[ drahyv-throo ]

  1. the act of driving through a specified locality or place, especially driving into a place of business, completing a transaction from one's car, and driving out: a quick drive-through of Beverly Hills;The bank has outside tellers' windows to accept deposits by drive-through.

  1. designed to accommodate or arranged for a drive-through: This gas station has a drive-through car wash.

Origin of drive-through

First recorded in 1970–75; noun and adjectival use of verb phrase drive through
  • Also Informal, drive-thru .

Words Nearby drive-through Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use drive-through in a sentence

  • Where the stone wall had to be left open for bar-ways, to drive through, he went to work and nailed up the bars.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • Buy up the men, maybe, and start fights, and be sort of forced to take charge so's to get my drive through.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • He only knew that the drive through the shady stretches of woodland grew suddenly to seem like little journeys into paradise.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • That afternoon we took a carriage drive through the woods to one of the neighboring towns.

    Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
  • After all, it is a great city; it has three streets, and one can drive through one of them.

    Honey-Bee | Anatole France