Your distinction seems reasonable to me... Certainly there are pathlights out there that are designed to light only paths. Check the Kichler's amazingly diverse catalogue of pathlights and of course there is the ever reliable "Lilly" pathlight.
I would caution all to remember that the Landscape Lighting Designer decides what to do with each luminaire he/she chooses to use. A manufacturer's name of their product is only a label, not a limitation. The Designer selects what ever their training and experience tells them will work in each particular situation.