Definition of avenue in US English:

avenue

noun

  • 1A broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides.

    ‘tree-lined avenues surround the hotel’
    in names ‘Euclid Avenue’
    • ‘While private streets are provided by many private communities and some firms run private toll roads, major avenues are typically operated at the city level.’
    • ‘I looked up at the azure sky through the trees lining each side of the avenue on which we were walking, and it seemed as if we were watching the sky through a wreath.’
    • ‘They walked the full length of the avenue on one side of the road, and returned along the other side.’
    • ‘The bright colours of their clothing swirled as they danced through the tree-lined avenues of their city.’
    • ‘They chose certain areas to convert them into tree-lined avenues and Seshadri Road was one of them, he said.’
    • ‘In a major drive, over 703 fully grown trees in 153 avenues across the city are facing the axe.’
    • ‘Having just returned from their trip to Brussels, Carol and her friends sit in her house in one of the broad avenues set back from the town's harbour, to take stock.’
    • ‘People and cars just parted like waves to let him pass as he strode carefully along the avenues to the hotel where he was staying.’
    • ‘Vertical connections and kitchens are located along the noisy avenue side.’
    • ‘Wide avenues and ring roads encircled the capital city, frequented only by taxis and black official limousines with not a private car in sight.’
    • ‘In the sultry evenings, there's a waiting list at the outdoor cafes along the city's broad avenues.’
    • ‘Elsewhere along the city's main avenues, many other trees strewn around.’
    • ‘Watson has been growing trees along a two-mile-long avenue in the city for the past 10 years.’
    • ‘The looting occurred along a broad avenue on the northwestern rim of greater Buenos Aires where unemployment has soared well above the national average.’
    • ‘She appeared completely relaxed as they walked side by side along an undulating avenue bordered on both sides by old buildings of brick and stone.’
    • ‘Later we walk down into town, along avenues lined with cypress trees and Cyprus oranges.’
    • ‘Abstractboy stayed in the uber affluent suburb of Kifissia, where there are wide palm treed avenues, open top cars, Louis Vuitton and Gucci boutiques, and lots and lots of posers.’
    • ‘Italian architectural historian Bruno Zevi famously decried the depersonalizing effect of the city's broad avenues and cold modernist styling.’
    • ‘Lady Audley had not stopped to say this: she was walking quickly along the avenue with her humble companion by her side.’
    driveway, approach, access road
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    1. 1.1North American in names A thoroughfare running at right angles to the streets in a city laid out on a grid pattern.
      ‘7th Avenue’
      • ‘And she said that we were going to 25th avenue and 90th street before turning back to school.’
      • ‘The New York we all know - the city of outdoor cafés, broad retail avenues, and bustling side streets - is nowhere in most of these plans.’
      • ‘They include most of the major and some minor landmarks, and have the important avenues and streets in the right place.’
      • ‘When I get to the corner, I decide to cross the deserted street to 24th avenue.’
      • ‘And it is all but impossible to get lost - as with most American cities, avenues run north-south, streets run east-west and both are numbered.’
      • ‘What she did notice was how the avenues and streets became more organized and concentrated the closer they went to the center.’
      • ‘Don't stand outside a window by the Rangers' office on 33rd street and seventh avenue or you might get hit by an overpriced veteran getting thrown out the window.’
      • ‘My mother had told me that the Number 21 Bus stops on the corner of 23rd Avenue, one avenue away from our house on 23-03 62nd street.’
      • ‘Schools and community centers, streets and avenues, boulevards and bridges throughout the United States were named after him.’
      • ‘A face-block is both sides of one street or avenue between adjacent city streets.’
      • ‘We've essentially created a city of streets crossed by avenues, but they're so tiny we can't paint the street signs.’
      • ‘New York's Richard Meier proposes a pairing of twin and triple towers, formed in the guise of a grid of avenues and streets raised high into the Manhattan sky.’
      • ‘How is it that you can walk the same streets and avenues every day of your life, and never walk over some squares of pavement twice?’
      • ‘The Java Room lay a block down Marion's main street, 7th avenue.’
      • ‘It's at that restaurant down on 38th street and 6th avenue.’
      • ‘After going up several blocks on one avenue to reach a street supposedly open, when you had gone up that street to the next avenue, it was shut.’
      • ‘We are definitely taken for a ride: after driving around three times we are entitled to wonder if we are not on the wrong street / avenue after all.’
      • ‘We wandered up small streets and down broad avenues and peered along murky alleyways.’
      • ‘Anyway, he said that he'll be at the diner on 43rd street and 4th avenue at 12: 30.’
    2. 1.2British A tree-lined road or path, especially one that leads to a country house or similar building.
      ‘an avenue of limes’
      • ‘You drive in under an avenue of English trees to reach the historical buildings on the right, and a rhododendron and a camellia garden on the left.’
      • ‘There are also avenues of very old lime and beech trees close to the house.’
      • ‘The house is approached via a tree-lined avenue and is set back from the main road.’
      • ‘The garden is beautifully laid out and the trees on either side of the avenue leading to the house give the property privacy.’
      • ‘From today they can ride on the Ben Hall steam engine, lovingly carved out of a tree felled from lime avenue, the approach to the stately home's main gates.’
      • ‘This handsome Georgian country house is set in delightful mature gardens and grounds in a private location and approached via a lime avenue.’
      • ‘Mature shrubs and trees line the avenue and the property is surrounded by impressive formal gardens and woodland.’
      • ‘The main house is visible down a long avenue of trees from some swims in the lake.’
      • ‘You approach the studios, whose exact location we have been asked not to reveal, along an avenue of cherry trees foaming with blossom.’
      • ‘Set back from the main Tullow / Carlow Road the house is approached along a tree lined avenue.’
      • ‘The pagoda is generally approached from the North side along an extended avenue.’
      • ‘There are fine avenues of lime and plane trees, plus a couple of fountains and a lot of deckchairs, but otherwise the park is pretty featureless.’
      • ‘The body was found dumped behind a tree by the side of an avenue which leads to Port House, near the village of Ruan, four miles from Ennis.’
      • ‘It seems that a ha-ha has been banked up to hide the public thoroughfare from which one turns down the private avenue of limes to approach the manor house.’
      • ‘Making your way over the cattle grid down the tree-lined avenue to Pittodrie House, you can feel quite giddy with the sudden outset of countryside syndrome.’
      • ‘It is now a popular destination for family outings, particularly in the summer when horse-drawn carriages transport you along the tree-lined avenues leading up to it.’
      • ‘As you go through the entrance you are surrounded by an avenue of golden trees.’
      • ‘Croan House is approached along an avenue lined with lime trees.’
      • ‘This family home is approached along a tree-lined avenue which joins the main Waterford to Passage East road.’
      • ‘The car park fronting the baroque facade of Wentworth is due to be replaced by authentic sweeping parkland and a lime and oak-lined avenue.’
      road, street, thoroughfare, boulevard, way, broadway, highway
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  • 2A way of approaching a problem or making progress toward something.

    ‘three possible avenues of research suggested themselves’
    • ‘In this document we have raised possible avenues for research into the use of stretching but also several theoretical, and some data driven, concerns.’
    • ‘Third, a final avenue for possible research is to extend the dataset to incorporate stock returns after the March 2000 stock market correction.’
    • ‘Instead, they created their own avenue towards immortality.’
    • ‘It is for adults to recognise this, to harness and channel it towards productive avenues.’
    • ‘We offer three possible avenues of research to improve this characteristic of our test for all students.’
    • ‘The members of the coalition are as diverse as the City they know best, reflecting every avenue of New York City life.’
    • ‘In any case, thoroughly investigate all avenues of capital for your new business so that when the final decision is made, you are able to hit the ground running and to do so for the long haul.’
    • ‘What makes studying the effects of music on the brain so interesting for researchers are the multitude of different avenues of research possible.’
    • ‘It concludes by suggesting future avenues of research for improving upon current substance use measurement techniques.’
    • ‘The reason is what has been mentioned in this column before that many people go into politics as an avenue of building wealth.’
    • ‘A general model of the roots of violence gives useful insights and identifies possible avenues for research and prevention.’
    • ‘This means not closing off potential avenues of progress simply because we can imagine how they might lead society astray.’
    • ‘You never get the impression from his articles that he is trying to direct scientists towards more fruitful avenues of research.’
    • ‘Some possible avenues of research into this early period were uncovered by the two venues of the exhibition, precisely because they were so unlike.’
    • ‘Such a finding would suggest two possible avenues for public policy.’
    • ‘In the book, it was kind of exciting to find different avenues and pathways of behaviour for given individuals, or different methods of escape.’
    • ‘They pledged to carry their fight on to block this proposal and will investigate all possible avenues of approach.’
    • ‘He only hoped that the filmmakers would look towards fresher avenues for marketing their products.’
    • ‘The Santo Andre project, and other grassroots groups like it around the country, provide avenues for working-class women to raise their voices.’
    • ‘Admittedly, anger is an all too human response to frustration; but it's still no avenue to solid achievement.’
    line, path, direction, route
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Origin

Early 17th century (in avenue (sense 2)): from French, feminine past participle of avenir ‘arrive, approach’, from Latin advenire, from ad- ‘towards’ + venire ‘come’.

Pronunciation

avenue

/ˈavəˌn(y)o͞o//ˈævəˌn(j)u/