avenue[av′ə no̵̅o̅′, -nyo̵̅o̅′]
- 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.
- 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.
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- The principal walk or approach to a house which is withdrawn from the road, especially, such approach bordered on each side by trees; any broad passageway thus bordered.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.