areaway

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

area +‎ way

Noun[edit]

areaway (plural areaways)

  1. (Canada, US) An outdoor passage offering access to a basement.
    • 1922, Zane Grey, The Day of the Beast, New York: Harper, Chapter 7, p. 116,[1]
      “I have three rooms here, and the back one opens into a kind of areaway from which I get into an abandoned storeroom, or I guess it’s an attic. []
    • 1969, Hortense Calisher, The New Yorkers, Boston: Little, Brown, Chapter 11, p. 307,[2]
      At the basement door, which as in all these houses led out into the areaway below the front stoop, Krupong said, “Is there a toilet down here?”