- a raised path or road, as across wet ground or water
- Obs. a paved way or road; highway
Origin of causeway; from cause(y) + way
- A raised roadway, as across water or marshland.
- A paved highway.
Origin of causewayMiddle English caucewei : cauce, raised road (from Norman French caucie, from Medieval Latin calciata (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.