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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use by-street in a sentence

  • The boarding-house, an old and dilapidated building, was in a bystreet convenient to the harbour.

  • He left his hotel and took a lodging in the nearest bystreet to Mr. Restall's palace at Kensington.

    Little Novels | Wilkie Collins
  • Faustina stood at the opening of the little bystreet and saw the doomed mans heavy tread.

    Christ Legends | Selma Lagerlf
  • It was a spirited sight to see them come leaping fences, tearing around corners, swarming out of every bystreet and alley.

    Those Extraordinary Twins | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for bystreet


/ (ˈbaɪˌstriːt) /

  1. an obscure or secondary street

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