a highway especially planned for high-speed traffic, usually having few if any intersections, limited points of access or exit, and a divider between lanes for traffic moving in opposite directions.

Compare superhighway.

Origin of expressway

First recorded in 1940–45; express + way1
Also called limited access highway. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for expressway

freeway, turnpike, superhighway, interstate, thruway, parkway

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British Dictionary definitions for expressway



a motorway
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Word Origin and History for expressway

c.1938, American English, from express (adj.) + way.

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