What word or phrase does your mother always say?


[kawz-wey] /ˈkɔzˌweɪ/
a raised road or path, as across low or wet ground.
a highway or paved way.
verb (used with object)
to pave (a road or street) with cobblestones or pebbles.
to provide with a causeway.
Origin of causeway
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see causey, way Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for causeway
  • The causeway serves as a major transportation corridor and divides the lake into two parts.
  • The causeway's history is an interesting story about how human attempts to re-engineer nature produce unexpected impacts.
  • During high water, the causeway is flooded and access is by boat only.
  • The causeway still forms the only access to the town from land.
British Dictionary definitions for causeway


a raised path or road crossing water, marshland, sand, etc
a paved footpath
a road surfaced with setts
Word Origin
C15 cauciwey (from cauci + way); cauci paved road, from Medieval Latin (via) calciāta, calciātus paved with limestone, from Latin calx limestone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for causeway

1570s, from Middle English cauceweye "raised road" (mid-15c.), first element from Anglo-French cauce, Old North French cauciee (12c., Modern French chaussée), from Vulgar Latin *via calciata "paved way," from Latin calcis, genitive of calx (2) "limestone," or Late Latin calciare "to stamp with the heels, tread" (on notion of a road or mound across marshy ground made firm by treading down), from Latin calx (1) "heel." For second element, see way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
causeway in the Bible

a raised way, an ascent by steps, or a raised slope between Zion and the temple (1 Chr. 26:16, 18). In 2 Chr. 9:11 the same word is translated "terrace."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for causeway

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for causeway

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with causeway

Nearby words for causeway