AVENUE

avenue

(noun) a line of approach; “they explored every avenue they could think of”; “it promises to open new avenues to understanding”

avenue, boulevard

(noun) a wide street or thoroughfare

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

avenue (plural avenues)

A broad street, especially one bordered by trees.

A way or opening for entrance into a place; a passage by which a place may be reached; a way of approach or of exit.

The principal walk or approach to a house which is withdrawn from the road, especially, such approach bordered on each side by trees; any broad passageway thus bordered.

A method or means by which something may be accomplished.

(urban toponymy) A street, especially, in cities laid out in a grid pattern, one that is in a particular side of the city or that runs in a particular direction.

Usage notes

Sometimes used interchangeably with other terms such as street. When distinguished, an avenue is generally broad and tree-lined. Further, in many American cities laid out on a grid, notably Manhattan, streets run east-west, while avenues run north-south.

When abbreviated in an address (such as "Malcolm Ave" or "Fisher Av.") a capital "A" is normally used and a full stop (period) only used if "e" is not the last letter of the abbreviation.

In French traditionally used for routes between two places within a city, named for the destination (or formally where it is coming from), as in the archetypal Avenue des Champs-Élysées. This distinction is not observed in US English, where names such as “Fifth Avenue” are common. In British English, 'Avenue' is usually more associated with a tree-lined street and is sometimes named after the species of tree e.g. Acacia Avenue.

Synonyms

• (broad street): drive, boulevard

• (broad street): av, av, ave, ave (abbreviation)

Source: Wiktionary


Av"e*nue, n. Etym: [F. avenue, fr. avenir to come to, L. advenire. See Advene.]

1. A way or opening for entrance into a place; a passage by which a place may by reached; a way of approach or of exit. "The avenues leading to the city by land." Macaulay. On every side were expanding new avenues of inquiry. Milman.

2. The principal walk or approach to a house which is withdrawn from the road, especially, such approach bordered on each side by trees; any broad passageway thus bordered. An avenue of tall elms and branching chestnuts. W. Black.

3. A broad street; as, the Fifth Avenue in New York.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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