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[foo t-path, -pahth] /ˈfʊtˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noun, plural footpaths
[foo t-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈfʊtˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA)
a path for people going on foot.
British, footway (def 2).
Origin of footpath
1520-30; foot + path Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for footpath
  • Walk along the footpath and experience the mystery and power of this effigy.
  • The road, after the two wayfarers had crossed from the peninsula to the mainland, was no other than a footpath.
  • The guide paused at skulls of a hippo and a crocodile along the footpath, using them as props to tell us about the animals.
  • Tourists can rest on the benches that are located along the footpath.
  • Towering tupelos shade the footpath as it follows the river's curves, where sandy beaches provide places to pitch a tent.
  • The falls can be reached by a paved footpath that is only four-tenths of a mile from the parking lot.
  • After a swim in the hotel pool, venture across the lighted footpath to enjoy the view of natural marshlands on the bay.
  • Energetic visitors can walk to the top on a well-trod footpath, while the less adventurous can take a short taxi ride.
  • The spectacular sunrise burst over the lake and burnished a row of trees near the footpath.
  • footpath across the cone is offset by the large cracks near center of view.
British Dictionary definitions for footpath


a narrow path for walkers only
(mainly Brit & Austral, NZ) another word for pavement
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Word Origin and History for footpath

also foot-path 1520s, from foot (n.) + path.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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