avenue[av′ə no̵̅o̅′, -nyo̵̅o̅′]
- The definition of an avenue is a street or thoroughfare that is generally wide and that is sometimes lined with shrubs or trees.
The major streets in New York City are examples of avenues.
- Avenue is defined as a way to approach some problem or task.
An example of an avenue to writing a paper is writing an outline first.
Benches beside an avenue.
- a roadway, pathway, or drive, often bordered with trees
- Brit. such a roadway, etc. leading from the main road to the house on an estate
- a way of approach to something: books are avenues to knowledge
- ☆ a street, esp. a wide, principal one; often, one running at right angles to others called “streets”
Origin of avenueFrench ; from avenir, to happen, come ; from Classical Latin advenire: see advent
- Abbr. Ave. or Av. A wide street or thoroughfare.
- a. A broad roadway lined with trees.b. Chiefly British The drive leading from the main road up to a country house.
- A means of access or approach: new avenues of trade.
Origin of avenueFrench, from Old French, arrival, from feminine past participle of avenir, to approach, from Latin advenīre, to come to; see advent .
- 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- The principal walk or approach to a house which is withdrawn from the road, especially, such approach bordered on each side by trees; any broad passageway thus bordered.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.
- There are several avenues by which we can approach this problem.
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.
In French traditionally used for routes between two places within a city, named for the destination (formally where it is coming from), as in the archetypal Avenue des Champs-Elysées. This distinction is not observed in English, where names such as “Fifth Avenue” are common.