Meaning of “lane” in the English Dictionary

"lane" in British English

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lanenoun [ C ]

uk /leɪn/ us /leɪn/

lane noun [ C ] (ROAD)

B2 a narrow road in the countryside or in a town:

He drives so fast along those narrow country lanes.
I live at the end of Church Lane.

More examples

  • Turn left where the lane meets the main road.
  • The cottage is situated in the middle of a wood at the end of a narrow potholed lane.
  • The youths scuffled with the policeman, then escaped down the lane.
  • He climbed onto his horse and set off at a relaxed trot down the lane.
  • We were trotting along the lane when a car suddenly appeared from nowhere and almost made me fall off my pony.

(Definition of “lane” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lane" in American English

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lanenoun [ C ]

us /leɪn/

lane noun [ C ] (PATH)

one of two or more marked paths in a road to keep vehicles traveling in the same direction a safe distance apart:

That section of Interstate 95 is a four-lane highway, with two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes.

A lane in a running track or swimming pool is a narrow section marked to keep the competitors apart.

lane noun [ C ] (ROAD)

a narrow road, esp. in the countryside or in a small town

(Definition of “lane” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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