an express highway with no intersections, usually having traffic routed on and off by means of a cloverleaf.
a toll-free highway.

Origin of freeway

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; free + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of freeway

  • We got the freeway in our sights and steadied and slowed and kept slowing.

    The Night of the Long Knives

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • She was about to cross the freeway to the ride when her phone rang.


    Cory Doctorow

  • I folded there, and the next thing I knew, I was on my side in the rubble under the freeway, holding myself and crying.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • Well, going 60 and 70 miles an hour right up a Freeway and took curves kind of fast.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • The top of the skeletal cracking plant across the freeway glowed with St. Elmo's fire!

    The Night of the Long Knives

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

British Dictionary definitions for freeway


noun US

another name for expressway
a major road that can be used without paying a toll
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