- a public thoroughfare, usually paved, in a village, town, or city, including the sidewalk or sidewalks.
- such a thoroughfare together with adjacent buildings, lots, etc.: Houses, lawns, and trees composed a very pleasant street.
- the roadway of such a thoroughfare, as distinguished from the sidewalk: to cross a street.
- a main way or thoroughfare, as distinguished from a lane, alley, or the like.
- the inhabitants or frequenters of a street: The whole street gossiped about the new neighbors.
- 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.
- of, on, or adjoining a street: a street door just off the sidewalk.
- taking place or appearing on the street: street fight; street musicians.
- coarse; crude; vulgar: street language.
- suitable for everyday wear: street clothes; street dress.
- retail: the street price of a new computer; the street value of a drug.
- 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.
- up one's street, British. alley1(def 7).
Origin of street
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Related Words for streetroadway, lane, boulevard, court, thoroughfare, track, route, trail, pavement, place, road, avenue, highway, drive, passage, drag, terrace, way, turf, artery
Examples from the Web for street
Contemporary Examples of street
A street sweeper was caught in the crossfire as a gunman fired at the officer, fatally wounding her in the back.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
When it became too crowded, they moved her into an open casket on the street.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
The gunman then burst from the restaurant and fled down the street with the other man.
The big slug happened to hit the suspect in the street, passing through his arm and then striking Police Officer Andrew Dossi.
Detectives with a fugitive task force caught up with Polanco and a friend on a Bronx street in the early afternoon.
Historical Examples of street
Sorely distressed, he walked back to his lodgings in Thirty-second Street.
“I would not be seen in the street with that scarecrow,” murmured Giles.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
At Thirty-second Street he ran into Burman, with whom he had all but cornered wheat.
I did hear, too, that she takes a flyer in the Street now and then.
Mrs. Bines had never seen so many children as flooded this street.
- (capital when part of a name)a public road that is usually lined with buildings, esp in a townOxford Street
- (as modifier)a street directory
- the buildings lining a street
- the part of the road between the pavements, used by vehicles
- the people living, working, etc, in a particular street
- (modifier) of or relating to the urban counterculturestreet style; street drug
- man in the street an ordinary or average citizen
- on the streets
- earning a living as a prostitute
- streets ahead of informal superior to, more advanced than, etc
- streets apart informal markedly different
- up one's street or right up one's street informal (just) what one knows or likes best
- Australian to outdistance
Word Origin for street
Old English stret (Mercian, Kentish), stræt (West Saxon) "street, high road," an early West Germanic borrowing from Late Latin strata, used elliptically for via strata "paved road," from fem. past participle of Latin sternere "lay down, spread out, pave," from PIE *stre-to- "to stretch, extend," from root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)). The Latin is also the source of Spanish estrada, Old French estrée, Italian strada.
"The normal term in OE for a paved way or Roman road, later extended to other roads, urban streets, and in SE dialects to a street of dwellings, a straggling village or hamlet" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]. Originally of Roman roads (e.g. Watling Street, Icknield Street). "In the Middle Ages, a road or way was merely a direction in which people rode or went, the name street being reserved for the made road." [Weekley] Used since c.1400 to mean "the people in the street;" modern sense of "the realm of the people as the source of political support" dates from 1931. Man in the street "ordinary person, non-expert" is attested from 1831. Street people "the homeless" is from 1967; street smarts is from 1972; street-credibility is from 1979.
see back street; easy street; man in the street; on the street; side street; work both sides of the street.