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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 any other 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").


  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 As of 2015-03-18, some entries in this table are no longer valid.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 TTS Compatibility
Alley Aly Yes
Annex Anx Yes
Arcade Arc Yes
Avenue Ave Yes
Bayoo Byu Yes
Beach Bch Yes
Bend Bnd Yes
Bluff Blf Yes
Bottom Btm Yes
Boulevard Blvd Yes
Branch Br Yes
Bridge Brg Yes
Broadway Bdwy Untested
Brook Brk Yes
Brooks Brks Yes
Burg Bg Incompatible
Burgs Bgs Untested
Bypass Byp Yes
Camp Cp Yes
Canyon Cyn Yes
Cape Cpe Untested
Causeway Cswy Yes
Center Ctr Yes
Centers Ctrs Untested
Circle Cir Yes
Circles Cirs Untested
Circuit Cct Untested
Cliff Clf Untested
Cliffs Clfs Untested
Close Cl Yes
Club Clb Yes
Common Cmn Yes
Commons Cmns Yes
Corner Cor Untested
Corners Cors Untested
Course Crse Yes
Court Ct Yes
Courts Cts Untested
Cove Cv Incompatible
Coves Cvs Untested
Creek Crk Untested
Crescent Cres Yes
Crest Crst Yes
Crossing Xing Yes
Crossroad Xrd Yes
Curve Curv Yes
Dale Dl Yes
Dam Dam Yes
Divide Dv Incompatible
Drive Dr Yes
Drives Drs Untested
Estate Est Untested
Estates Ests Untested
Expressway Expy Yes
Extension Ext Yes
Extensions Exts Untested
Fall Fall Untested
Falls Fls Yes
Ferry Fry Untested
Field Fld Untested
Fields Flds Untested
Flat Flt Yes
Flats Flts Untested
Ford Frd Untested
Fords Frds Untested
Forest Frst Untested
Forge Frg Untested
Forges Frgs Untested
Fork Frk Untested
Forks Frks Untested
Fort Ft Yes
Freeway Fwy Yes
Garden Gdn Yes
Gardens Gdns Yes
Gateway Gtwy Yes
Glen Gln Yes
Glens Glns Untested
Green Grn Yes
Greens Grns Untested
Grove Grv Yes
Groves Grvs Untested
Harbor Hbr Yes
Harbors Hbrs Untested
Haven Hvn Untested
Heights Hts Yes
Highway Hwy Yes
Hill Hl Yes
Hills Hls Yes
Hollow Holw Yes
Inlet Inlt Yes
Island Is Untested
Islands Iss Untested
Isle Il Yes
Junction Jctn Yes
Junctions Jctns Yes
Key Key Yes
Keys Keys Yes
Knoll Knl Yes
Knolls Knls Yes
Lake Lk Untested
Lakes Lks Untested
Land Land Untested
Landing Lndg Yes
Lane Ln Yes
Light Lgt Yes
Lights Lgts Yes
Loaf Lf Yes
Lock Lck Yes
Locks Lcks Yes
Lodge Ldg Yes
Loop Loop Yes
Mall Mall Yes
Manor Mnr Yes
Manors Mnrs Yes
Meadow Mdw Yes
Meadows Mdws Yes
Mews Mews Yes
Mill Ml Untested
Mills Mls Untested
Mission Msn Yes
Motorway Mtwy Yes
Mount Mt Yes
Mountain Mtn Yes
Mountains Mtns Yes
Neck Nck Yes
Orchard Orch Yes
Oval Oval Yes
Overpass Opas Yes
Parade Pde Yes
Park Pk Yes
Parks Pks Yes
Parkway Pkwy Yes
Parkways Pkwys Yes
Pass Pass Yes
Passage Psge Yes
Path Path Yes
Pike Pke Yes
Pine Pne Yes
Pines Pnes Yes
Place Pl Yes
Plain Pln Untested
Plains Plns Yes
Plaza Plz Yes
Point Pt Incompatible
Points Pts Yes
Port Prt Yes
Ports Prts Yes
Prairie Prr Yes
Radial Radl Yes
Ramp Ramp Yes
Ranch Rnch Yes
Rapid Rpd Incompatible
Rapids Rpds Yes
Rest Rst Untested
Ridge Rdge Yes
Ridges Rdgs Untested
Rise Rise Untested
River Riv Yes
Road Rd Yes
Roads Rds Untested
Route Rte Yes
Row Row Yes
Rue Rue Yes
Run Run Yes
Saint St. Yes
Shoal Shl Yes
Shoals Shls Yes
Shore Shr Yes
Shores Shrs Yes
Skyway Skwy Yes
Spring Spg Yes
Springs Spgs Yes
Spur Spur Untested
Square Sq Yes
Squares Sqs Yes
Station Sta Yes
Stream Strm Yes
Street St Yes
Streets Sts Yes
Summit Smt Yes
Terrace Ter Yes
Terrace Tce Yes
Throughwawy Thwy Yes
Trace Trce Yes
Track Trak Yes
Trafficway Trfy Yes
Trail Trl Yes
Tunnel Tunl Yes
Turnpike Tpk Yes
Underpass Upas Yes
Union Un Untested
Unions Uns Yes
Upper Uppr Yes
Valley Vly Yes
Valleys Vlys Yes
Viaduct Vdct Yes
View Vw Yes
Views Vws Yes
Village Vlg Yes
Villages Vlgs Yes
Ville Vl Untested
Vista Vis Yes
Walk Walk Yes
Wall Wall Yes
Waters Wtr Untested
Way Way Yes
Ways Ways Yes
Well Wl Yes
Wells Wls Yes

Further reading

UK editors should see United_Kingdom/Roads#Abbreviations 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.


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


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