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

  • n. A road, course, or way for travel from one place to another.
  • n. A highway.
  • n. A customary line of travel. See Synonyms at way.
  • n. A fixed course or territory assigned to a salesperson or delivery person.
  • n. Football A pass pattern.
  • n. A means of reaching a goal.
  • transitive v. To send or forward by a specific route. See Synonyms at send1.
  • transitive v. To schedule the order of (a sequence of procedures).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A course or way which is traveled or passed.
  • n. A regular itinerary of stops, or the path followed between these stops, such as for delivery or passenger transportation.
  • n. A road or path; often specifically a highway.
  • n. this sense?) (figuratively) One of multiple methods or approaches to doing something.
  • v. To direct or divert along a particular course.
  • v. to connect two local area networks, thereby forming an internet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The course or way which is traveled or passed, or is to be passed; a passing; a course; a road or path; a march.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To determine the route or line of transportation or travel of (goods, immigrants, etc.).
  • n. A way; road; path; space for passage.
  • n. A way or course of transit; a line of travel, passage, or progression; the course passed or to be passed over in reaching a destination, or (by extension) an object or a purpose; as a legal or engineering term, the horizontal direction along and near the surface of the earth of a way or course, as a road, a railway, or a canal, occupied or to be occupied for travel.
  • n. An obsolete form of rout, rout, rout, rout.
  • n. An order for a route march.

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

  • v. divert in a specified direction
  • n. an established line of travel or access
  • v. send via a specific route
  • n. an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
  • v. send documents or materials to appropriate destinations


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rupta (via), broken (road), feminine past participle of rumpere, to break; see rout1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French route, rote (French: route) “road, way, path” (source: route on Etymonline)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • This is the first word I searched for after becoming a new member of wordnik. (My uncle 15 generations removed was Noah Webster). I wanted to see how wordnik pronounced "route". I was delighted to see that you only pronounce it the correct way, namely rut (root), even though many people, including those in the media, mispronounce it "rout".

    Perhaps you could add "common mispronunciations" to wordnik as a gentle nudge to improving our language skills.

    I enjoyed learning about wordnik through the article on Erin McKean's efforts in the March 16 issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

    Thanks, and happy wording!

    Robert W. Barnes, M.D. F.A.C.S.

    Professor Emeritus of Surgery

    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Manager, Beaverfork A-V Studio, LLC

    7 Beaverfork Place

    Conway, AR 72032-8203

    Telephone: 501-730-0660

    Fax: 501-327-3374


    April 2, 2009

  • See this map for American pronunciation.

    April 11, 2008