a road, especially a private one, leading from a street or other thoroughfare to a building, house, garage, etc.
any road for driving on.

Origin of driveway

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; drive + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of driveway

  • Alice clutched Walter's arm in a panic; they were just at the driveway entrance.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • "The effect is better," he remarked, and went to stand where he could view the driveway.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Before us was a driveway, shaded by great elms and bordered by rose hedges.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • That was just as they came out by the big posts at the entrance to the driveway.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Tires screeched in the driveway while Beryl was still at the telephone.

    Martians Never Die

    Lucius Daniel

British Dictionary definitions for driveway



a private road for vehicles, often connecting a house or garage with a public road; drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for driveway

1884 in sense "private road from a public road to a private house," from drive (v.) + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper