From Middle English cauceweye, with the first element from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French caucee or caucie, cauchie (“route, highway”), from Vulgar Latin *calciāta (compare modern French chaussée from Old French chaucie, itself from the same source), either from Latin calx, calcis ("limestone"), or alternatively from Latin calciāre (“to stamp with the heels, tread”), from calx (“heel”). The second element corresponds to English way.
causeway (plural causeways)
- (obsolete, transitive) To pave, to cobble.
- 1873, The Scottish Jurist, volume 45, Alexander Dennistoun and Others, Pursuers, v. John Thomson, Defender:
- In thus limiting his judgment, I understand that he has not pronounced any opinion in regard to the formation and causewaying of streets […]
- 1878 December 13, The British Architect: A Journal of Architecture and the Accessory Arts, volume 10, number 24, page 235:
- The Glasgow Town Council decided at their last meeting to causeway the following streets at the respective costs given […]
- 1879, “The Kinning Park proprietors v. the police commissioners of Kinning Park.”, in The Journal of Jurisprudence, volume 23, page 556:
- There had been a previous partial allocation, but the final allocation was made in 1875; and the whole sums payable by the owners of the streets for paving and causewaying them, as resolved upon by the Commissioners, have been duly paid.