AVENUE (the past participle feminine of Fr. avenir, to
come to), a way of approach; more particularly, the chief entrance-road
to a countryhouse, with rows of trees on each side; the trees themselves
are said to form the avenue. In modern times the word has been much used
as a name for streets in towns, whether with or without trees, such as
Fifth Avenue in New York, or Shaftesbury Avenue in London.
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