- a raised path or road, as across wet ground or water
- Obs. a paved way or road; highway
Origin of causewayfrom cause(y) + way
- A roadway on a raised bed of earth, rubble, or other fill, usually crossing open water or a wetland.
- A long bridge consisting of many short spans.
- Archaic A paved highway.
Origin of causewayMiddle English caucewei cauce raised road ( from Norman French caucie ) ( from Medieval Latin calciāta (via) paved (road) ) ( from Latin calx calc- limestone ; see calx. ) wei road ( variant of way ; see way. )
causeway to the island
St. Michael's Mount
From Middle English cauceweye, with the first element from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French caucee or caucie, cauchie, from Vulgar Latin *calciāta (compare modern French chaussée from Old French chaucie, itself from the same source), either from Latin calx, calcis ("limestone"), or alternatively from Latin calciāre (“to stamp with the heels, tread”), from calx (“heel”). The second element corresponds to English way.