Meaning of PATH in English



1. in a town

2. outside a town

3. a wide road for travelling quickly

4. a path for people to walk on


when a road changes direction : ↑ TURN (9)

when a road, path etc bends : ↑ BEND (7)


1. in a town

▷ road /rəʊd/ [countable noun]

a hard level surface made for cars and other vehicles to travel on :

▪ They’re building a new road around the city centre.

▪ I live at 37 King’s Road, Birmingham.

cross the road

▪ Before crossing the road, stop, look, and listen.

by the side/edge of the road

▪ Something was lying in the gutter by the side of the road.

across/over the road

on the other side of the road

▪ A widow lives in the house just across the road.

along/down/up the road

on the same road

▪ I went to the girls’ school down the road.

main road

a large road where there is likely to be a lot of traffic

▪ They turned left at the gas station, into the busy main road.

busy road

a road where there is a lot of traffic

▪ It’s amazing how many schools front busy roads.

▷ street /striːt/ [countable noun]

a road in the main part of a town, with houses, shops, or offices and sometimes a path down each side for people to walk on :

▪ There were stores on both sides of the street.

▪ Wall Street is a famous financial center in New York.

the streets of London/Paris/Istanbul etc

▪ Pablo loved wandering through the streets of Barcelona.

in/on the streets

▪ We need more police on the streets.

along/down/up the street

▪ Victoria can’t walk down the street without someone recognizing her.

live in a street British /on a street


▪ She had lived in the same street in London all her life.

somebody’s street

the street where someone lives

▪ Our street was just a row of brick terraced houses.

▷ high street British /main street American /ˈhaɪ striːt, ˈmeɪn striːt/ [countable noun]

the main street in the middle of a town where most of the shops and offices are :

▪ Our bank used to have a branch in every high street.

▪ The small town of Whitehorse, Alaska consists of a half-mile long main street and a few scattered houses.

▪ Albert Road is just off the High Street.

▷ back street also back alley American /ˈbæk striːt, ˈbæk æli/ [countable noun]

a small street, away from the main streets of a town, where there are no large shops or important buildings :

▪ They went exploring the dark, narrow back alleys of the old part of town.

▪ It took us almost an hour to find her house in a narrow little back street.

▷ side street /ˈsaɪd striːt/ [countable noun]

a small quiet road away from any main roads :

▪ If the car park’s full you might find a space in one of the side streets.

▷ alley /ˈæli/ [countable noun]

a very narrow street or path between buildings in a town :

▪ A narrow alley led up between the houses to the main street.

▪ Women in white aprons gossiped in the alley between the apartment blocks.

▷ avenue/boulevard /ˈævɪnjuː, ˈævənjuːǁ-nuː, ˈbuːlvɑːʳdǁˈbuːlə-, ˈbʊ-/ [countable noun]

a wide road often with trees along each side of it, especially one that is long and straight - often used in street names :

▪ She lives in a large house on Acacia Avenue.

▪ New York’s 5th Avenue

▪ The apartment is located on Jackson Boulevard.

▪ New Delhi, with its elegant wide avenues and impressive government buildings, is a complete contrast with Old Delhi.

▪ There are plans to replace the old highway with a braod tree-lined boulevard.

▷ cul-de-sac/dead end/dead end street /ˈkʌl də sæk, ˌded ˈend, ˈded end ˌstriːt/ [countable noun]

a street that is closed at one end so there is only one way in and out :

▪ We got to know the neighbors on our cul-de-sac quite well.

▪ Archie lives on a dead end street, so it is very quiet.

▪ Honey, this is a dead end - you’ll have to turn around.

▷ drive /draɪv/ [countable noun]

a road with houses on it, especially a beautiful one - used in street names :

▪ She was found dead at her home in Maple Drive.

▷ close /kləʊs/ [countable noun] British

a road with houses along each side of it and with only one way in or out - used in street names :

▪ Fran lives at 37 Appian Close.

▷ crescent /ˈkres ə nt/ [countable noun] British

a street with a curved shape - used in street names :

▪ Turn left into Badgerly Crescent.

2. outside a town

▷ road /rəʊd/ [countable noun]

a road that connects towns or cities :

▪ Route 66 used to be one of the main roads across the States.

▪ I like driving on the French roads - they’re so straight, and there isn’t much traffic.

road to

▪ As you leave the city, turn right and take the road to Madrid.

▷ lane /leɪn/ [countable noun]

a narrow road in the countryside, connecting villages or farms :

▪ The last stretch of road is a narrow lane bordered by trees.

country lane

▪ We rode our bicycles along pretty country lanes.

▷ dirt road /ˈdɜːʳt ˌrəʊd/ [countable noun]

a narrow road with a dirt or soil surface :

▪ A dirt road ran from the highway past the dump and into some trees.

▪ Rain fell continuously and turned the winding dirt road into a river of slippery mud.

▷ track /træk/ [countable noun] British

a narrow road, usually without a hard surface, leading to a farm or field :

▪ The track was only wide enough for one car.

3. a wide road for travelling quickly

▷ motorway British /freeway American /ˈməʊtəʳweɪ, ˈfriːweɪ/ [countable noun]

a wide road connecting cities and towns, on which cars can travel fast for long distances :

▪ The speed limit on motorways is 70 mph.

▪ We headed east on the Pasadena freeway.

a motorway bridge/cafe/garage etc

▪ A new motorway service station has been opened to encourage drivers to take a break.

▷ highway /ˈhaɪweɪ/ [countable noun] American

a wide fast road that connects cities and towns :

▪ I got onto the highway and drove as fast as I could.

highway 61/70 etc

▪ There’s a rest stop somewhere on Highway 61.

▷ expressway /ɪkˈspresweɪ/ [countable noun] American

a wide fast road that takes traffic into and out of a big city :

▪ They took the expressway to the airport.

▷ route /ruːtǁruːt, raʊt/ [] American

used in the names of some roads connecting towns and cities :

▪ Rockland is hard to miss. Route 1 runs right through it.

▪ the westerly side of Route 128

▷ by-pass /ˈbaɪ pɑːsǁ-pæs/ [countable noun] British

a road that goes around a town, so that people can avoid driving through the town :

▪ It will be much quicker if we take the by-pass rather than drive through the middle of town.

▪ The village has become much quieter since the creation of the by-pass.

▷ ring road British /beltway American /ˈrɪŋ rəʊd, ˈbeltweɪ/ [countable noun]

a circular road that goes around the edge of a large town, with roads leading off it into the centre of the town :

▪ The property is ideally placed for access to the centre and the ring road.

inner ring road

a ring road that is inside another road that goes around a town

▪ a car park beside the inner ring road

▪ We took the beltway around the city.

4. a path for people to walk on

▷ path /pɑːθǁpæθ/ [countable noun]

a long, narrow piece of ground for people to walk along :

▪ A narrow path took us down to the river.

down/along a path

▪ He lead me down a path to a farmhouse.

garden path

▪ Mrs Smith was singing as she came up the garden path.

▷ pavement British /sidewalk American /ˈpeɪvmənt, ˈsaɪdwɔːk/ [countable noun]

a path built along the side of a street for people to walk on :

▪ Christopher wandered along the sidewalk, looking into store windows.

▪ What annoys me is that everyone parks on the pavement in front of our house.

▷ footpath /ˈfʊtpɑːθǁ-pæθ/ [countable noun] British

a public path for people to walk on in the country :

▪ They followed the coastal footpath into the village.

public footpath

a path that anyone can use, especially one on private land

▪ There are over 1,000 miles of public footpaths within the national park boundaries.

▷ trail /treɪl/ [countable noun] American

a path in the mountains or in the forest :

▪ The trail follows the river most of the way to Avalanche Lake.

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