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[ahrch-wey] /ˈɑrtʃˌweɪ/
noun, Architecture
an entrance or passage under an arch.
a covering or enclosing arch.
Origin of archway
1795-1805; arch1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There is a fireplace on the right, and beyond an archway in the rear a staircase ascends to the second floor.

  • Bud, trembling, hoped it might be O'Neill, and staggered to the archway.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • "The small door to the left, under the archway," said the portress, more and more amazed.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • He passed under an archway, followed by Neal, and entered a small yard.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • My heart struck a throb of joy, and I began to feel along the wall for some ruined portal or archway.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • They were in another bed; through an archway he could see their chubby faces.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The steps echoed louder from under the archway, and then died away in silence.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for archway


a passageway or entrance under an arch or arches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for archway

1802, from arch (n.) + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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