馬路

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See also: 马路

Chinese[edit]

horse road; path; way
trad. (馬路)
simp. (马路)

Etymology[edit]

Attested in Zuo Zhuan [4th century BC], meaning “wide road used for horses”. How this came to be used as a general term for “paved road; street” is debated. Common theories include:

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馬路

  1. (literary, archaic) wide road used for horses and horse-drawn carriages
  2. (modern usage) wide and flat road for the passage of vehicles; paved road; (by extension) road; street (Classifier: m)
    馬路 / 马路  ―  guò mǎlù  ―  to cross the road
    馬路中央 / 马路中央  ―  mǎlù zhōngyāng  ―  the middle of the road

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