Definition of catwalk in US English:



  • 1A platform extending into an auditorium, along which models walk to display clothes in fashion shows; a runway.

    • ‘There's a fashion TV channel and it shows Pakistani models walking down catwalks and Pakistani designers who are as flamboyant as designers anywhere.’
    • ‘While a few attempts are being made to promote ‘bigger’ models on the catwalk, the fashion industry remains dominated by the underweight and stick-thin.’
    • ‘Claire, 28, was approached by the company after winning a fashion competition which saw her clothes showcased on the catwalk in Italy.’
    • ‘And while all this looked terrifically cool on the models on the catwalk, it is near impossible for normal women like us to wear this and not look sloppy.’
    • ‘I had my hair and make-up done by professionals, was taught how to walk on a catwalk and got to model three outfits.’
    • ‘The best feeling in the world is to see your garments on the top models being displayed on the international catwalks of the world.’
    • ‘Church ministers swapped the pulpit for the catwalk yesterday as they modelled the latest clerical designs at the clergy's answer to London Fashion Week.’
    • ‘Modelling assignments for the pages of glossy magazines and on the high fashion catwalks followed.’
    • ‘Better yet, go for modelling classes to learn to walk like a model on the catwalk.’
    • ‘The assembly hall at the school was packed to the rafters as family, friends and fellow pupils cheered on the models when they took to the catwalk in local fashions.’
    • ‘Highly decorative fashion and accessory trends dominate the international catwalks from Milan to Paris.’
    • ‘When models paraded down the catwalk in Dior's flamenco-style haute couture in Paris last week, fashion lovers here took notice.’
    • ‘Models took to the catwalk at a fundraising fashion show held at the Chapel nightclub last Friday.’
    • ‘Along with trying to walk down the catwalk gracefully, the models also had to dance in front of the judges.’
    • ‘The bikini reigned on the Milanese catwalks and was elegantly displayed by the most popular top models in the industry.’
    • ‘Burberry is worn by top models on the catwalks of major fashion shows around the world.’
    • ‘Teen models from a top Manchester school strutted the catwalk to raise £5,000 for Barnardo's and Hope For Children.’
    • ‘Tall and willowy models swaggered down the catwalk, illuminated by a constant barrage of hundreds of camera flashes.’
    • ‘Models from the Louise Morton Model Agency of Huddersfield will be on the catwalk for the fashion shows, which take place four times each day in the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion.’
  • 2A narrow walkway or open bridge, especially in an industrial installation.

    • ‘David walked the catwalk marveling at the ship's majesty.’
    • ‘The line snaked back and forth on the catwalk, suspended by no obvious means over rows of slot machines.’
    • ‘There's a childhood memory here that I want to pursue: a steel catwalk cantilevered off the side of Whitewater Canyon near Glenwood.’
    • ‘As a fierce rain beats against them, a struggle ensues between father and son, and Vincenzo drops the revolver onto a catwalk running alongside the bridge.’
    • ‘Its got entrances and exits all over the shop, and since they merged the old Bethseda hospital with it with an intricate network of catwalks and suspended corridors, it has never been the same.’
    • ‘We even constructed a special catwalk bridge over the pool.’
    • ‘They walked across the metal catwalk and entered the ship through a small door.’
    • ‘The door opened onto a catwalk overlooking the bay, where a sleek, angular, black ship was dominating the hangar.’
    • ‘Most people find these narrow catwalks to be the most frightening part of the tour.’
    • ‘The sleek and modern design is the work of architect Ellen Rapelius and the centrepiece is a brilliant blue-lit catwalk that runs the length of the main bar.’
    • ‘A landing between stairs and catwalk is equipped with a reading stand.’
    • ‘A special word of thanks to all the models who graced the cat-walk.’
    • ‘It's got a two-story main floor and two loft-style lounges connected by a suspended catwalk that overlooks the entire club.’
    • ‘We moved along a metal catwalk that stretched across the top of each bin.’
    • ‘Swathed in black, I climbed to the top of the hall, mesmerized his snipers, sliced a hole in the roof using a plasma cutter, let myself into the catwalks above the stage, and then leapt down upon him from forty feet above.’
    • ‘The radio room is near the bomb bay and has a door that opens to a catwalk that leads to the pilot's compartment.’
    • ‘Next, density gave way to linearity in attenuated sculptures with inaccessible catwalks, platforms, and doorways.’
    • ‘So the night before, we drove to the midway point of the bridge, where Steve got out, climbed over the fence, and attached his rope to the catwalk on the underside of the bridge.’
    • ‘And they felt a contemporary glass catwalk gave the design ‘that extra oomph.’’
    • ‘She turned left and ran down the long metal catwalk, taking everything in.’
    • ‘The fountain promises to be a spectacular light and water show in a plaza, which is spanned by a catwalk bridge.’
    • ‘‘We need rope,’ Will said, indicating another catwalk above their head.’
    • ‘On the right was the sight of the glass catwalk, a bridge that was set on the second floor, above the cafeteria.’
    • ‘On the narrow catwalk, I looked ahead and saw my way out.’
    • ‘The team headed over in that direction, and opened the door to find them on a catwalk above the main floor where the oil processing machinery was located.’
    • ‘They followed a catwalk from the gate to the roof and opened a hatch.’
    • ‘At the end of the shaft there was a small plate that Jack pushed open before climbing out onto a catwalk.’