or by·street

[ bahy-street ]
See synonyms for: by-streetby-streets on

  1. a side street or a private or obscure street; byway.

Origin of by-street

First recorded in 1665–75; by- + street

Words Nearby by-street Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use by-street in a sentence

  • The air of a city park contains relatively few bacteria as compared with the near-by street.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
  • There was a shop in a by-street which exposed photographs of Galway scenery in its windows for a time.

    Hyacinth | George A. Birmingham
  • When nearing my quarters I heard a faint "hillo" from a by-street, and a continental mess-mate stumbled almost into my arms.

    Life and sport in China | Oliver G. Ready
  • The room was a small and plain one, in a meek by-street which had to work hard to prove that it was not a slum, but did prove it.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
  • Not a gloomy by-street, not a dilapidated fountain, not a grim old college façade but had its history, or its legend.

    In the Days of My Youth | Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for bystreet


/ (ˈbaɪˌstriːt) /

  1. an obscure or secondary street

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