September 28, 2012
- inroad (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a sudden hostile invasion : raid2 : an important advance often at the expense of someone or something
- How do you use it?
- We made some inroads during negotiations when the other side broke down and agreed to many of our demands.
- Are you a word wiz?
What was going on in history when "inroad" first made its appearance in written English?The word "inroad" first made its appearance in written English in the mid-1500s, when the Ottoman Empire was at its peak. The earliest known written use of "inroad" comes from an account of an English invasion of Scotland written in 1548, in which the author states that "His grace . . . so invaded the Scottish borders, wasted and burned Tyuydale and their Marches, that even yet they forethink that inroad." "Inroad" was used from that point forward to refer to a raid, or a "riding in" of an opposing army. By the early 1600s, "inroad" referred to any gain made through some struggle or through a loss on another side.