Definition of "drive-through" []

  • Relating to or conducting exchanges with clients who drive up to a window and remain in their automobiles: drive-thru banking. (adjective)
  • Performed or provided quickly and routinely: a drive-through delivery in a hospital. (adjective)
  • A drive-through establishment, especially a restaurant. (noun)
  • A window at such an establishment, from which business is conducted. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "drive-through" in a sentence
  • "We mounted a huge PR and advertising campaign designed to restore Americans' faith in managed care, which had taken a beating in the press for such well-publicized practices as "drive-through mastectomies" and "drive-though deliveries.""
  • "This is the meat we buy in grocery stores, and order from the drive-through window at fast food joints."
  • "Your grandchild may be a great kid, but when using plastic for the first time at college, don't underestimate the appeal of pizza parties, midnight snacks at the local drive-through and the siren call of the mall."