Abbreviations and acronyms

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This page covers the abbreviations and acronyms used in naming roads in Waze.

Thə list on this page and in the links at the bottom of the page have only been tested for the Engish USA "Samantha" voice. While they should also apply to the English USA "Tom" voice, they have not been tested with the "Jane" voice.

By following these guidelines the Text-to-speech (TTS) feature will work at its optimum level. If you have questions about these instructions, see the further reading at the bottom of this page.

Standard suffix abbreviations

Waze convention is to use suffix abbreviations in street names. ("Main Rd" instead of "Main Road").

Notes:

  1. Abbreviate only suffixes.
    • "The Avenue", "The Green", etc. should not be abbreviated.
    • "Circuit Avenue Road" is abbreviated "Circuit Avenue Rd", not "Cct Ave Rd".
    • A road named "Service Road" should not be abbreviated, while "Pipeline Service Road" should be (as "Pipeline Service Rd").
  2. Suffix abbreviations do not contain any punctuation, such as "." (Full-stops) or "-" (Hyphens).
  3. In the event that the original suffix is a plural (ends in s) and only its singular form is present as an abbreviation, simply adding an "s" to the end of the abbreviation may or may not work as expected unless specified below.
  4. When 'N', 'S', 'E', or 'W' should NOT be pronounced as compass directions, enclose the letter in single quotes.
    • George 'W' Bush Blvd
    • West 'W' Lee Ave
  5. If your question is not answered here, please ask in the TTS testing topic on the waze forums
  6. As of 2015-03-18, some entries in this table are no longer valid. They will be updated when resources are available.


TTS = Text To Speech for supported countries.

Road Name Abbreviation Samantha TTS Tom TTS Jane TTS
Alley Aly Yes Untested Untested
Annex Anx Yes Untested Untested
Arcade Arc Yes Untested Untested
Avenue Ave Yes Untested Untested
Bank Bk Incompatible Untested Untested
Bayou Byu Yes Untested Untested
Beach Bch Yes Untested Untested
Bend Bnd Yes Untested Untested
Bluff Blf Yes Untested Untested
Bottom Btm Yes Untested Untested
Boulevard Blvd Yes Untested Untested
Branch Br Yes Untested Untested
Bridge Brg Yes Untested Untested
Broadway Bdwy Untested Untested Untested
Brook Brk Yes Untested Untested
Brooks Brks Yes Untested Untested
Burg Bg Incompatible Untested Untested
Burgs Bgs Untested Untested Untested
Bypass Byp Yes Untested Untested
Camp Cp Yes Untested Untested
Canyon Cyn Yes Untested Untested
Cape Cpe Untested Untested Untested
Causeway Cswy Yes Untested Untested
Center Ctr Yes Untested Untested
Centers Ctrs Untested Untested Untested
Circle Cir Yes Untested Untested
Circles Cirs Untested Untested Untested
Circuit Cct Untested Untested Untested
Cliff Clf Untested Untested Untested
Cliffs Clfs Untested Untested Untested
Close Cl Yes Untested Untested
Club Clb Yes Untested Untested
Common Cmn Yes Untested Untested
Commons Cmns Yes Untested Untested
Corner Cor Untested Untested Untested
Corners Cors Untested Untested Untested
Course Crse Yes Untested Untested
Court Ct Yes Untested Untested
Courts Cts Untested Untested Untested
Cove Cv Incompatible Untested Untested
Coves Cvs Untested Untested Untested
Creek Crk Untested Untested Untested
Crescent Cres Yes Untested Untested
Crest Crst Yes Untested Untested
Crossing Xing Yes Untested Untested
Crossroad Xrd Yes Untested Untested
Curve Curv Yes Untested Untested
Dale Dl Yes Untested Untested
Dam Dam Yes Untested Untested
Divide Dv Incompatible Untested Untested
Drive Dr Yes Untested Untested
Drives Drs Untested Untested Untested
Estate Est Untested Untested Untested
Estates Ests Untested Untested Untested
Expressway Expy Yes Untested Untested
Extension Ext Yes Untested Untested
Extensions Exts Untested Untested Untested
Fall Fall Untested Untested Untested
Falls Fls Yes Untested Untested
Ferry Fry Untested Untested Untested
Field Fld Untested Untested Untested
Fields Flds Untested Untested Untested
Flat Flt Yes Untested Untested
Flats Flts Untested Untested Untested
Ford Frd Untested Untested Untested
Fords Frds Untested Untested Untested
Forest Frst Untested Untested Untested
Forge Frg Untested Untested Untested
Forges Frgs Untested Untested Untested
Fork Frk Untested Untested Untested
Forks Frks Untested Untested Untested
Fort Ft Yes Untested Untested
Freeway Fwy Yes Untested Untested
Garden Gdn Yes Untested Untested
Gardens Gdns Yes Untested Untested
Gateway Gtwy Yes Untested Untested
Glen Gln Yes Untested Untested
Glens Glns Untested Untested Untested
Green Grn Yes Untested Untested
Greens Grns Untested Untested Untested
Grove Grv Yes Untested Untested
Groves Grvs Untested Untested Untested
Harbor Hbr Yes Untested Untested
Harbors Hbrs Untested Untested Untested
Haven Hvn Untested Untested Untested
Heights Hts Yes Untested Untested
Highway Hwy Yes Untested Untested
Hill Hl Yes Untested Untested
Hills Hls Yes Untested Untested
Hollow Holw Yes Untested Untested
Inlet Inlt Yes Untested Untested
Island Is Untested Untested Untested
Islands Iss Untested Untested Untested
Isle Il Yes Untested Untested
Junction Jctn Yes Untested Untested
Junctions Jctns Yes Untested Untested
Junior Jr Incompatible Untested Untested
Key Key Yes Untested Untested
Keys Keys Yes Untested Untested
Knoll Knl Yes Untested Untested
Knolls Knls Yes Untested Untested
Lake Lk Untested Untested Untested
Lakes Lks Untested Untested Untested
Land Land Untested Untested Untested
Landing Lndg Yes Untested Untested
Lane Ln Yes Untested Untested
Light Lgt Yes Untested Untested
Lights Lgts Yes Untested Untested
Loaf Lf Yes Untested Untested
Lock Lck Yes Untested Untested
Locks Lcks Yes Untested Untested
Lodge Ldg Yes Untested Untested
Loop Loop Yes Untested Untested
Mall Mall Yes Untested Untested
Manor Mnr Yes Untested Untested
Manors Mnrs Yes Untested Untested
Meadow Mdw Yes Untested Untested
Meadows Mdws Yes Untested Untested
Mews Mews Yes Untested Untested
Middle Mid Incompatible Incompatible Incompatible
Mill Ml Untested Untested Untested
Mills Mls Untested Untested Untested
Mission Msn Yes Untested Untested
Motorway Mtwy Yes Untested Untested
Mount Mt Yes Untested Untested
Mountain Mtn Yes Untested Untested
Mountains Mtns Yes Untested Untested
Neck Nck Yes Untested Untested
Orchard Orch Yes Untested Untested
Oval Oval Yes Untested Untested
Overpass Opas Yes Untested Untested
Parade Pde Yes Untested Untested
Park Pk Yes Untested Untested
Parks Pks Yes Untested Untested
Parkway Pkwy Yes Untested Untested
Parkways Pkwys Yes Untested Untested
Pass Pass Yes Untested Untested
Passage Psge Yes Untested Untested
Path Path Yes Untested Untested
Pike Pke Yes Untested Untested
Pine Pne Yes Untested Untested
Pines Pnes Yes Untested Untested
Place Pl Yes Untested Untested
Plain Pln Untested Untested Untested
Plains Plns Yes Untested Untested
Plaza Plz Yes Untested Untested
Point Pt Incompatible Untested Untested
Points Pts Yes Untested Untested
Port Prt Yes Untested Untested
Ports Prts Yes Untested Untested
Prairie Prr Yes Untested Untested
Radial Radl Yes Untested Untested
Ramp Ramp Yes Untested Untested
Ranch Rnch Yes Untested Untested
Rapid Rpd Incompatible Untested Untested
Rapids Rpds Yes Untested Untested
Rest Rst Untested Untested Untested
Ridge Rdge Yes Untested Untested
Ridges Rdgs Untested Untested Untested
Rise Rise Untested Untested Untested
River Riv Yes Untested Untested
Road Rd Yes Untested Untested
Roads Rds Untested Untested Untested
Route Rte Yes Untested Untested
Row Row Yes Untested Untested
Rue Rue Yes Untested Untested
Run Run Yes Untested Untested
Saint St. Yes Untested Untested
Shoal Shl Yes Untested Untested
Shoals Shls Yes Untested Untested
Shore Shr Yes Untested Untested
Shores Shrs Yes Untested Untested
Skyway Skwy Yes Untested Untested
Spring Spg Yes Untested Untested
Springs Spgs Yes Untested Untested
Spur Spur Untested Untested Untested
Square Sq Yes Untested Untested
Squares Sqs Yes Untested Untested
Station Sta Yes Untested Untested
Stream Strm Yes Untested Untested
Street St Yes Untested Untested
Streets Sts Yes Untested Untested
Summit Smt Yes Untested Untested
Terrace Ter Yes Untested Untested
Terrace Tce Yes Untested Untested
Throughwawy Thwy Yes Untested Untested
Trace Trce Yes Untested Untested
Track Trak Yes Untested Untested
Trafficway Trfy Yes Untested Untested
Trail Trl Yes Untested Untested
Tunnel Tunl Yes Untested Untested
Turnpike Tpk Yes Untested Untested
Underpass Upas Yes Untested Untested
Union Un Untested Untested Untested
Unions Uns Yes Untested Untested
Upper Uppr Yes Untested Untested
Valley Vly Yes Untested Untested
Valleys Vlys Yes Untested Untested
Viaduct Vdct Yes Untested Untested
View Vw Yes Untested Untested
Views Vws Yes Untested Untested
Village Vlg Yes Untested Untested
Villages Vlgs Yes Untested Untested
Ville Vl Untested Untested Untested
Vista Vis Yes Untested Untested
Walk Walk Yes Untested Untested
Wall Wall Yes Untested Untested
Waters Wtr Untested Untested Untested
Way Way Yes Untested Untested
Ways Ways Yes Untested Untested
Well Wl Yes Untested Untested
Wells Wls Yes Untested Untested

Further reading

UK editors should see How to classify and name roads (United_Kingdom) for UK specific abbreviations, some of which differ.

Canadian editors should see Canada#Abbreviations for Canada-specific abbreviations, some of which differ.

Other countries may have differing guidance; refer to the country-specific pages for any local guidance.

Forums

If you have further questions on this topic, please refer to the following Waze forum for a "Work in progress" list of abbreviations that are being tested, currently available, and proposed:

Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clients

Glossary

Refer to the Glossary page for definitions of many terms used in Waze.