Definition of laneway in English:



NZ, Irish, Australian
  • A narrow road or path; a lane.

    ‘two local kids were kicking a ball in the laneway’
    • ‘The toilet block was outside, behind the tearooms down a narrow laneway.’
    • ‘He was found in a laneway just 30 yards from the main road by a passing taxi driver at 3.20 am.’
    • ‘There is pedestrian access from here to a laneway to the rear.’
    • ‘The laneway was a rough, pot-holed dirt track that wound its way down to the coast over a series of rises.’
    • ‘Back in the car, we trundle down the cobbled laneway leading to the township.’
    • ‘There is parking for two cars in the laneway.’
    • ‘Three pensioners' lives are being made a complete misery by a continually flooded laneway.’
    • ‘Their attention was drawn to drug addicts injecting heroin in a laneway outside.’
    • ‘The site is located down a laneway beside the canal across from the hotel.’
    • ‘The lodge is approached along a private road which leads to a laneway, closely protected on either side by mature foliage.’


Late 19th century: from lane + way.