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[drahyv-wey] /ˈdraɪvˌweɪ/
a road, especially a private one, leading from a street or other thoroughfare to a building, house, garage, etc.
any road for driving on.
1865-70, Americanism; drive + way Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for driveway
  • As you pull out of the driveway, the network to which you both belong automatically alerts her that you are on your way.
  • He's got a toy car on top of his bookcase because he probably doesn't have a real one parked in the driveway.
  • Or you can plant wildflowers-even replace your concrete driveway.
  • Left turns out of the driveway are more dangerous than left turns in.
  • They must never have seen how pretty rainbows can be made on the driveway from the oil leaked from an old car.
  • The long, sinuous driveway leads uphill, shrouded in trees and lined by a rock wall.
  • Each time you turn on a light or back your car out of the driveway, you affect the pace of global climate change.
  • Consider planting a rain garden in low-lying areas or where storm water drains from your roof or driveway.
  • He opens the garage door and speeds down the driveway.
  • Downspouts are often located near an easy runoff pathway, such as a driveway.
British Dictionary definitions for driveway


a private road for vehicles, often connecting a house or garage with a public road; drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for driveway

1884 in sense "private road from a public road to a private house," from drive (v.) + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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