Definition of causeway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkôzˌwā/


A raised road or track across low or wet ground.
Example sentences
  • The ceremonial centres included temples, pyramids, ball-courts, palaces, and plazas, usually linked by causeways or wide paved roads.
  • Coastal rains, which are set to continue, have flooded some local access roads and causeways, particularly in the rural areas.
  • The debate also cast doubt about whether taxis have been charging too much for long rides from the causeway to Apex or Road To Nowhere.


Late Middle English: from causey (from Anglo-Norman French causee, based on Latin calx 'lime, limestone' (used for paving roads)) + way.

  • The first element of causeway is from causey, now an archaic or dialect form, from Anglo-Norman French causee, based on Latin calx ‘lime, limestone’—material used for paving roads. The first recorded sense of causey was ‘mound, embankment, dam’. A causeyway was a way across a mound or, a raised footpath by the side of a road which might be submerged in wet weather: this was then contracted to causeway.

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Syllabification: cause·way

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