- the principal thoroughfare, especially through the business district, in a small town.
- (initial capital letters) the outlook, environment, or life of a small town.
Origin of main street
- a novel (1920) by Sinclair Lewis.
Examples from the Web for main street
Historical Examples of main street
Main-street commands a fine view from the ascent, and is lined with Pride-of-India trees.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)
But one day, while sauntering down the main-street, and wondering at all I saw, I suddenly encountered a strange sight.
When this matter had been disposed of, they wandered slowly down Main-street again, and got entrance tickets for the Museum.The wanderings and fortunes of some German emigrants
- the most prominent street of a town, usually where the principal shops and businesses are situated
- ordinary people in general
"principal street of a (U.S.) town," 1810. Used allusively to indicate "mediocrity, small-town materialism" from late 19c., especially since publication of Sinclair Lewis's novel "Main Street" (1920).