side street


a street leading away from a main street; an unimportant street or one carrying but little traffic.

Compare back street.

Origin of side street

First recorded in 1610–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for side street

alley, backstreet, by-street, bylane, bypath, byroad, bystreet, byway

Examples from the Web for side street

Contemporary Examples of side street

Historical Examples of side street

  • She ventured down a side-street, toward a furnace-glow of sunset.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • No wonder that St. Philip's of the side-street grieves in silence.

  • She would have to toil in a few cells of a beehive on a side-street.

  • He crossed over the road to the side-street which faced the garden.

    Heart and Science

    Wilkie Collins

  • "I'll say good-bye here," said Erzeele, as they turned down the side-street.

    Dr. Adriaan

    Louis Couperus

British Dictionary definitions for side street

side street


a minor or unimportant street, esp one leading off a main thoroughfare
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Idioms and Phrases with side street

side street

A minor thoroughfare that carries little traffic, as in Our favorite hotel is on a quiet little side street. The side in this idiom means “off to one side, away from the main street.” [c. 1600] Also see back street.

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