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[thur-oh-fair, -uh-fair, thuhr-]
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  1. a road, street, or the like, that leads at each end into another street.
  2. a major road or highway.
  3. a passage or way through: no thoroughfare.
  4. a strait, river, or the like, affording passage.
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Origin of thoroughfare

First recorded in 1350–1400, thoroughfare is from the Middle English word thurghfare. See thorough, fare
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British Dictionary definitions for thoroughfare


  1. a road from one place to another, esp a main road
  2. way through or accessno thoroughfare
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Word Origin and History for thoroughfare


late 14c., "passage or way through," from thorough + fare.

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