a divided highway for through traffic, with full or partial control of access and generally with overpasses or underpasses at intersections
Origin of expresswayexpress + (high)way
A major divided highway designed for high-speed travel, having few or no intersections. Also called freeway, limited access highway, superhighway, thruway.
- (parts of the US) A divided highway where intersections and direct access to adjacent properties have been eliminated.
- (Canada, parts of the US, Malaysian, Singapore) A road built to freeway standards.
- (New Zealand) A road built for high speed traffic, but not up to motorway standards or designated a motorway.