[av-uh-nyoo, -noo]
a wide street or main thoroughfare.
a means of access or attainment: avenues of escape; avenues to greater power.
a way or means of entering into or approaching a place: the various avenues to India.
Chiefly British.
a wide, usually tree-lined road, path, driveway, etc., through grounds to a country house or monumental building.
a suburban, usually tree-lined residential street.

1590–1600; < French, literally, approach, noun use of feminine past participle of avenir < Latin advenīre to come to. See a-5, venue

1. See street.
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avenue (ˈævɪˌnjuː)
1.  a.  a broad street, often lined with trees
 b.  (capital as part of a street name) a road, esp in a built-up area: Shaftesbury Avenue
2.  a main approach road, as to a country house
3.  a way bordered by two rows of trees: an avenue of oaks
4.  a line of approach: explore every avenue
[C17: from French, from avenir to come to, from Latin advenīre, from venīre to come]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "a way of approach" (originally a military word), from M.Fr. avenue "way of access," from O.Fr. avenue "act of approaching, arrival," from fem. of avenu, pp. of avenir "to come to, arrive," from L. advenire "to come to," from ad- "to" + venire "to come" (see venue).
Meaning shifted to "a way of approach to a country-house," usually bordered by trees, hence, "a broad, tree-lined roadway" (1650s), then to "wide, main street" (1858, esp. in U.S.).
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