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an entrance or passage under an .
a covering or enclosing arch.
Contemporary Examples

Small children clambered on top of an archway surrounding the cemetery to watch the proceedings.
America’s Islamist Allies in Libya Babak Dehghanpisheh April 8, 2011

My mother leaned into the archway while resting Ted on her hip, and let out a sigh of exhaustion.
‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’ Eileen Cronin April 7, 2014

But the shadow was not that of an archway; it was that of a vault.
Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show Robert W. Chambers February 19, 2014

Historical Examples

There is a fireplace on the right, and beyond an archway in the rear a staircase ascends to the second floor.
The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia Frank Cousins

Bud, trembling, hoped it might be O’Neill, and staggered to the archway.
The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman

“The small door to the left, under the archway,” said the portress, more and more amazed.
Pride Eugne Sue

He passed under an archway, followed by Neal, and entered a small yard.
The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham

My heart struck a throb of joy, and I began to feel along the wall for some ruined portal or archway.
The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett

They were in another bed; through an archway he could see their chubby faces.
‘Firebrand’ Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer

The steps echoed louder from under the archway, and then died away in silence.
The Tinted Venus F. Anstey

a passageway or entrance under an arch or arches

1802, from arch (n.) + way.


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