Definition of avenue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈavəˌn(y)o͞o/


1A broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides: tree-lined avenues surround the hotel [in proper names]: Euclid Avenue
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  • Later we walk down into town, along avenues lined with cypress trees and Cyprus oranges.
  • Watson has been growing trees along a two-mile-long avenue in the city for the past 10 years.
  • The looting occurred along a broad avenue on the northwestern rim of greater Buenos Aires where unemployment has soared well above the national average.
1.1 [in proper names] North American A thoroughfare running at right angles to the streets in a city laid out on a grid pattern: 7th Avenue
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  • New York's Richard Meier proposes a pairing of twin and triple towers, formed in the guise of a grid of avenues and streets raised high into the Manhattan sky.
  • The Java Room lay a block down Marion's main street, 7th avenue.
  • A face-block is both sides of one street or avenue between adjacent city streets.
1.2A tree-lined road or path, especially one that leads to a country house or similar building: an avenue of limes
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  • It seems that a ha-ha has been banked up to hide the public thoroughfare from which one turns down the private avenue of limes to approach the manor house.
  • This handsome Georgian country house is set in delightful mature gardens and grounds in a private location and approached via a lime avenue.
  • The house is approached via a tree-lined avenue and is set back from the main road.
road, street, drive, parade, boulevard, broadway, thoroughfare
2A way of approaching a problem or making progress toward something: three possible avenues of research suggested themselves
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  • You never get the impression from his articles that he is trying to direct scientists towards more fruitful avenues of research.
  • What makes studying the effects of music on the brain so interesting for researchers are the multitude of different avenues of research possible.
  • They pledged to carry their fight on to block this proposal and will investigate all possible avenues of approach.
line, path;
method, approach


Early 17th century (sense 2): from French, feminine past participle of avenir 'arrive, approach', from Latin advenire, from ad- 'toward' + venire 'come'.

  • revenue from Late Middle English:

    The word revenue is from Old French revenu(e) meaning ‘returned’, from Latin revenire ‘return’, from re- ‘back’ and venire ‘come’. An obsolete and rare use was ‘return to a place’; it was more commonly ‘yield from lands and property’, what would today be called a return on your investment. Venue (late 16th century) is an obvious relative. It was first used as a term for ‘an attack or ‘a thrust’ in fencing and as a legal term meaning ‘the county or district within which a criminal or civil case must be heard’. The sense of a place for entertainment only dates from the 1960s. Avenue (early 17th century) which at first meant ‘way of approaching a problem’ is another relative. It then developed a mainly military sense of a way to access a place, and from that a formal approach to a country house. Only in the middle of the 19th century did it become a term for a wide street.

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Syllabification: av·e·nue

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