Definition of tarmacadam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtärməˌkadəm/


chiefly British
Another term for Tarmac.
Example sentences
  • The barriers will stop the car park being used as a short cut from the Stradbally Road to the Dublin road, a practice that has a wearing effect on the tarmacadam and has insurance implications also.
  • The road surface was tarmacadam, a bitumen surface with a 14 mm aggregate close graded wearing course.
  • A welcome has been recorded at the completion of the road surface on the Mountain Road after workmen applied the tarmacadam surface on that roadway last week.



Example sentences
  • All house types will have a mixed elevation of red brick, plaster and hallmark stone, all gardens will be levelled and seeded and driveways will be tarmacadamed, making them an attractive home for any discerning purchaser.
  • All the local driveways should be well tarmacadamed by then.
  • It has parking for two or three cars in the tarmacadamed forecourt which leads to the garage, which can hold one vehicle.


Late 19th century: from tar1 + macadam.

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Syllabification: tar·mac·ad·am

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