av·e·nue (ăvə-n′, -ny′)
1. Abbr. Ave. or Av. A wide street or thoroughfare.
a. A broad roadway lined with trees.
b. Chiefly British The drive leading from the main road up to a country house.
3. A means of access or approach: new avenues of trade.
[French, from Old French, arrival, from feminine past participle of avenir, to approach, from Latin advenīre, to come to; see ADVENT.]
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