Definition of avenue in English:


Line breaks: av¦enue
Pronunciation: /ˈav(ə)njuː


  • 1A broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides: tree-lined avenues surround the hotel [in names]: Shaftesbury 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 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.
  • 1.2British A tree-lined approach 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.
  • 2A way of approaching a problem or making progress towards 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, direction, route; method, approach, course of action


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

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