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Wall Street

a street in New York City, in S Manhattan: the major financial center of the U.S.
the money market or the financiers of the U.S.
Origin of Wall Street
1820-30, Americanism for def 2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Percival, with his new air of Wall Street operator, was inclined to hesitate.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It's lucky the captain knows nothing of my Wall Street speculations.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • They are not all rogues on Wall Street, in spite of what the papers say.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • They are not to be trusted when they speak of Wall Street men.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • You mean his friends in society, or his companions downtown in Wall Street?

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for Wall Street

Wall Street

a street in lower Manhattan, New York, where the Stock Exchange and major banks are situated, regarded as the embodiment of American finance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Wall Street

"U.S. financial world," 1836, from street in New York City that is home to many investment firms and stock traders, as well as NYSE. The street so called because it ran along the interior of the defensive wall of the old Dutch colonial town.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Wall Street in Culture

Wall Street definition

A street in New York City on which the New York Stock Exchange and many investment firms are located. The street's name is often used in reference to the activities conducted on it: “Stock prices fell on Wall Street.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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