- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæv.əˌnju/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈæv.əˌnu/
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- Hyphenation: av‧enue
avenue (plural avenues)
- A broad street, especially one bordered by trees.
- 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.
- The principal walk or approach to a house which is withdrawn from the road, especially, such approach bordered on each side by trees; any broad passageway thus bordered.
- A method or means by which something may be accomplished.
- There are several avenues by which we can approach this problem.
2012 April 18, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona”, in BBC Sport:
- Alexis Sanchez hit the crossbar for Barcelona early on and Pedro hit the post in the dying seconds - while Cole cleared off the line from Cesc Fabregas. Goalkeeper Petr Cech also saved well from Messi and Carles Puyol as Pep Guardiola's team tried every avenue in an attempt to break Chelsea down.
Sometimes used interchangeably with other terms such as street. When distinguished, an avenue is generally broad and tree-lined. Further, in many American cities laid out on a grid, notably Manhattan, streets run east-west, while avenues run north-south.
When abbreviated in an address (such as "Malcolm Ave" or "Fisher Av.") a capital "A" is normally used and a full stop (period) only used if "e" is not the last letter of the abbreviation.
In French traditionally used for routes between two places within a city, named for the destination (or formally where it is coming from), as in the archetypal Avenue des Champs-Elysées. This distinction is not observed in English, where names such as “Fifth Avenue” are common.
avenue f (plural avenues)
- avenue (broad street, especially bordered with trees)
- (specifically) a radial avenue (an avenue radiating from a central point, especially bordered with trees)
- (dated) avenue (principal walk or approach to a house or other building)
- (figuratively) avenue (means by which something may be accomplished)