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  1. a public thoroughfare, usually paved, in a village, town, or city, including the sidewalk or sidewalks.

  2. such a thoroughfare together with adjacent buildings, lots, etc.: Houses, lawns, and trees composed a very pleasant street.

  1. the roadway of such a thoroughfare, as distinguished from the sidewalk: to cross a street.

  2. a main way or thoroughfare, as distinguished from a lane, alley, or the like.

  3. the inhabitants or frequenters of a street: The whole street gossiped about the new neighbors.

  4. the Street, Informal.

    • the section of a city associated with a given profession or trade, especially when concerned with business or finance, as Wall Street.

    • the principal theater and entertainment district of any of a number of U.S. cities.

  1. of, on, or adjoining a street: a street door just off the sidewalk.

  2. taking place or appearing on the street: street fight; street musicians.

  1. coarse; crude; vulgar: street language.

  2. suitable for everyday wear: street clothes; street dress.

  3. retail: the street price of a new computer; the street value of a drug.

Idioms about street

  1. on / in the street,

    • without a home: You'll be out on the street if the rent isn't paid.

    • without a job or occupation; idle.

    • out of prison or police custody; at liberty.

  2. up one's street, British. alley1 (def. 7).

Origin of street

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English strēt, strǣt; cognate with Dutch straat,German Strasse; all ultimately from Latin (via) strāta “paved (road)”; see stratum

synonym study For street

1. Street, alley, avenue, boulevard all refer to public ways or roads in municipal areas. A street is a road in a village, town, or city, especially a road lined with buildings. An alley is a narrow street or footway, especially at the rear of or between rows of buildings or lots. An avenue is properly a prominent street, often one bordered by fine residences and impressive buildings, or with a row of trees on each side. A boulevard is a beautiful, broad street, lined with rows of stately trees, especially used as a promenade. In some cities street and avenue are used interchangeably, the only difference being that those running one direction (say, north and south) are given one designation and those crossing them are given the other.

Other words for street

Other words from street

  • streetless, adjective
  • streetlike, adjective
  • in·ter·street, adjective

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How to use street in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for street


/ (striːt) /

    • (capital when part of a name) a public road that is usually lined with buildings, esp in a town: Oxford Street

    • (as modifier): a street directory

  1. the buildings lining a street

  1. the part of the road between the pavements, used by vehicles

  2. the people living, working, etc, in a particular street

  3. (modifier) of or relating to the urban counterculture: street style; street drug

  4. man in the street an ordinary or average citizen

  5. on the streets

    • earning a living as a prostitute

    • homeless

  6. streets ahead of informal superior to, more advanced than, etc

  7. streets apart informal markedly different

  8. up one's street or right up one's street informal (just) what one knows or likes best

  1. Australian to outdistance

Origin of street

Old English strǣt, from Latin via strāta paved way (strāta, from strātus, past participle of sternere to stretch out); compare Old Frisian strēte, Old High German strāza; see stratus

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Other Idioms and Phrases with street


see back street; easy street; man in the street; on the street; side street; work both sides of the street.

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