- any road freely open to everyone; public road: now chiefly a legal term
- a main road; thoroughfare, specif. one maintained by a state or federal government and designed to accommodate a heavy traffic flow
- any main route by land or water
- a direct way to some objective
Origin of highwayMiddle English higewege; see high and way
A main public road, especially one connecting towns and cities.
- Old English hēah (“of great height, tall”), from Proto-Germanic *hauhaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kowkos (“hill”) +
- Old English weġ (“road, path”), from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (“to move”).
Cognate with Scots heaway, heway, hieway, hichway, heichway (“highway”).