View synonyms for gateway


[ geyt-wey ]


  1. an entrance or passage that may be closed by a gate.
  2. a structure for enclosing such an opening or entrance.
  3. any passage by or point at which a region may be entered:

    New York soon became the gateway to America.

  4. Digital Technology.
    1. software or hardware that connects two disparate computer networks, as to enable the passage of information between a home or business network and the internet.
    2. software that facilitates digital communication of text messages over cellular telephone networks.


  1. relating to or noting an ingested substance, habit, activity, etc., that is relatively free of bad effects but may lead to more dangerous or extreme choices:

    sweet gateway drinks that mask the taste of alcohol;

    gateway gadgets that seem simple enough, but tempt you to buy expensive accessories.


/ ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ /


  1. an entrance that may be closed by or as by a gate
  2. a means of entry or access

    Mumbai, gateway to India

  3. modifier allowing entry, access, or progress to a more extreme form

    gateway drug

    gateway drink

  4. computing hardware and software that connect incompatible computer networks, allowing information to be passed from one to another
  5. a software utility that enables text messages to be sent and received over digital cellular telephone networks

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gateway1

First recorded in 1700–10; gate 1 + way 1

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Example Sentences

They come in a variety of flavors, including original tamarind, watermelon, and sour lime, and with just enough citrus and spice to make this candy the gateway to micheladas.

From Eater

The Mediterranean Sea is the gateway to some of the world’s most important maritime trade routes, including the Suez Canal and the Red Sea.

From Ozy

JavaScript-related partial indexing was my “gateway drug” into indexing problems.

And, intriguingly, the circular enclosures appear to have been accessed not via doors or gateways but through small openings in “porthole stones.”

For example, Olly’s multivitamin is a big seller, and can be a gateway product leading the consumer to be more open to trying the brand’s probiotics.

From Digiday

This made AIMS the gateway for all communications to and from the flight deck.

Plus it is clear that plastic surgery is a gateway drug for those both so inclined and so well-heeled.

But I do like the notion of same-sex marriage as a liberation gateway drug.

“For the girls who have never bought a business book, I think this can be the gateway drug,” Amoruso says.

Bettles, Alaska has been a gateway for intrepid travelers who want to explore the pristine wilderness of the Arctic Circle.

A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.

He pointed out the gateway, and the boy slipped off into the darkness, his bare feet soundless and mysterious on the sand.

Galway is the gateway to Connemara, and Connemara is one of the best places under the sun for a healthy and enjoyable holiday.

You first enter a large fore-court, at the extremity of which a colossal gateway leads into the inner courts.

A single winding footpath leads to the grim old gateway, and we rang the bell many times before the custodian admitted us.





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