from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small sunken area allowing access or light and air to basement doors or windows.
  • n. An often narrow passageway between buildings.

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  • n. An outdoor passage offering access to a basement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a passageway between buildings or giving access to a basement


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area +‎ way


  • "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.

    The Day of the Beast

  • If you have family, I thank them for their sacrifice and courage and I trust they are surrounded by friends and family while you areaway.

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  • This photo from the excavation, dated July 11, 1950, shows the areaway that had ventilated and lighted the floor rooms since the mansion was built.

    Fixing Up the White House

  • Hence, you cannot "throw, drop or place" a used hankie "upon any public way or public place or upon the floor of any convenience or upon the floor of any theater, hall or assembly or public building or upon the surface or any lot or parcel of ground or on the roof on any building or in any light or air shaft, court or areaway."

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  • The black areaway rail is broken, and the basement-door grill is rusty.

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • He hated the areaway grill, and a big brown spot on the pavement, and, as a truck-driver hates a motorman, so did he hate a pudgy woman across the street who peeped out from a second-story window and watched him with cynical interest.

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • Without an instant's hesitation he ran down the steps to the basement entrance in an areaway.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • For a week after that visit her lights had failed to go on — darkness brooded out into the areaway, seemed to grope blindly in at his expectant, uncurtained window.

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • At another time she had come to the window and stood in it magnificently, and looked out because the moon had lost its way and was dripping the strangest and most transforming brilliance into the areaway between, turning the motif of ash-cans and clothes-lines into a vivid impressionism of silver casks and gigantic gossamer cobwebs.

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • Sitting on the stone parapet beside her was a cushion the same color as her garment and she was leaning both arms upon it as she looked down into the sunny areaway, where Anthony could hear children playing.

    The Beautiful and Damned


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