What does avenue mean?

Definitions for avenue
ˈæv əˌnyu, -ˌnuav·enue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. avenuenoun

    a line of approach

    "they explored every avenue they could think of"; "it promises to open new avenues to understanding"

  2. avenue, boulevardnoun

    a wide street or thoroughfare


  1. avenuenoun

    A broad street, especially one bordered by trees.

  2. avenuenoun

    A way or opening for entrance into a place; a passage by which a place may be reached; a way of approach or of exit.

  3. avenuenoun

    The principal walk or approach to a house which is withdrawn from the road, especially, such approach bordered on each side by trees; any broad passageway thus bordered.

  4. avenuenoun

    A method or means by which something may be accomplished.

    There are several avenues by which we can approach this problem.

  5. Etymology: From avenue, from avenue, feminine past participle of avenir, from advenire, from ad + venire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Avenuenoun

    Etymology: avenue, Fr.

    Good guards were set up at all the avenues of the city, to keep all people from going out. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Truth is a strong-hold, and diligence is laying siege to it: so that it must observe all the avenues and passes to it. South.


  1. Avenue

    Avenue is a song by British pop group Saint Etienne, from the album So Tough (1992). The song was originally titled Lovely Heart or Young Heart. The album version is a 7-minute version with lengthy instrumental sequences; it was edited down to around 4 minutes for radio play, though the commercial single contained the full-length version, with the radio edit only released on promotional material. The edit wasn't released commercially until 2005's Travel Edition 1990-2005. The song describes a woman nostalgically remembering a love affair from her youth, mostly through impressionistic and surreal imagery, with the refrain: "oh, how many years / is it now Maurice?". The chorus repeats the words "Young heart". The song is recorded with echo effects that make it sound as though it is being performed in a large hall. The birdsong on the track is sampled from the Pink Floyd track "Cirrus Minor" from the 1969 album More. "Paper" features guitarist Maurice Deebank of the band Felt. "Johnny In The Echo Café" is based on a sample from Forest's song "Bluebell Dance", from their album Full Circle.


  1. avenue

    An avenue is a broad road in a town or city, often lined with trees, typically having sidewalks for pedestrians, and often having multiple lanes for vehicles. It can also refer to a way or means of approach to something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avenuenoun

    a way or opening for entrance into a place; a passage by which a place may by reached; a way of approach or of exit

  2. Avenuenoun

    the principal walk or approach to a house which is withdrawn from the road, especially, such approach bordered on each side by trees; any broad passageway thus bordered

  3. Avenuenoun

    a broad street; as, the Fifth Avenue in New York

  4. Etymology: [F. avenue, fr. avenir to come to, L. advenire. See Advene.]


  1. Avenue

    In landscaping, an avenue or allée is traditionally a straight route with a line of trees or large shrubs running along each, which is used, as its French source venir indicates, to emphasize the "coming to," or arrival at a landscape or architectural feature. In most cases, the trees planted in an avenue will be all of the same species or cultivar, so as to give uniform appearance along the full length of the avenue. The French term allée is confined normally to avenues planted in parks and landscape gardens.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avenue

    av′en-ū, n. the principal approach to a country-house, usually bordered by trees: a double row of trees, with or without a road: a wide and handsome street, with or without trees, esp. in America: any passage or entrance into a place: (fig.) means of access or attainment. [Fr.: from L. ad, to, venīre, to come.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. avenue

    The inlet into a port.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'avenue' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4422

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'avenue' in Nouns Frequency: #1925

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of avenue in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of avenue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of avenue in a Sentence

  1. Brendan Fay:

    As soon as we turned onto the avenue, there was a great cheer for us, it was an extraordinary moment. It was very profound. There was a lot of tears, a lot of joy.

  2. Ken Cuccinelli:

    We are fully -- across the administration -- pursuing every avenue of justice available.

  3. Terry McAuliffe:

    At gun shows, private vendors are not required to conduct criminal background checks, creating an easy avenue for criminals to illegally gain access to guns.

  4. Jeff Jacobson:

    Big name speakers get well into six figures to make an appearance or give a speech at an event. If they choose to pursue that avenue, they would be considered in the top echelon of speakers.

  5. Danny Diaz:

    He looks at the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and sees that we have a performer, a performer who hasn't delivered, you look on this debate stage and you see a reality TV celebrity, you see U.S. senators who haven't done anything other than file amendments and give floor speeches; a lot of performers and a lot of actors, a lot of talk, a lot of showmanship, but very little accomplishment, very little leadership.

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