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From gate +‎ way.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ/
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gateway (plural gateways)

  1. An entrance capable of being blocked by use of a gate.
  2. A place regarded as giving access to somewhere.
    • 2020 December 30, Richard Clinnick, “Greater Anglia strikes again...”, in Rail, page 43:
      The staff offer a touch of Norfolk courtesy as they guide passengers onto connecting services. The bustling concourse has a wide selection of information and retail, including a very active city tourism presence. This station now feels like a real gateway to Norwich.
  3. Any point that represents the beginning of a transition from one place or phase to another.
    1. (attributive) Any thing or area of interest that tends to lead to deeper involvement.
      • 2000, Katharine Gates, Deviant Desires: Incredibly Strange Sex, page 137:
        Just as they say that marijuana leads to harder drugs, Gallegly is claiming that crush is a “gateway fetish”—a term I've never heard before. He claims that if someone starts with bugs they'll end up escalating to human babies in no time.
      • 2012, Robert McRuer, Anna Mollow, Sex and Disability, page 327:
        According to Mellody, love addiction is a gateway addiction leading to additional addictions: to sex, food, drugs, alcohol, and so on.
  4. A point at which freight moving from one territory to another is interchanged between transportation lines.
  5. (digital communications) In wireless internet, an access point with additional software capabilities such as providing NAT and DHCP, which may also provide VPN support, roaming, firewalls, various levels of security, etc.


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gateway (third-person singular simple present gateways, present participle gatewaying, simple past and past participle gatewayed)

  1. (transitive, digital communications) To make available via a gateway, or access point.




From English.


  • IPA(key): /ɡɛ.twɛ/, /ɡe.twɛ/


gateway m (plural gateways)

  1. (Internet) gateway