Wall Street



a street in New York City, in S Manhattan: the major financial center of the U.S.
the money market or the financiers of the U.S.

Origin of Wall Street

1820–30, Americanism for def 2
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  • Among them I saw a face or two quite familiar in Wall-street.

    Letters of a Traveller

    William Cullen Bryant

  • Dr. Ferris and a Wall-street broker cosily persuaded the judge in my presence, "to make me comfortable!"

    Letters of a Lunatic

    George J. Adler

  • The moral ideas that he had brought from Down East, were just as dashing as his Wall-street corners.

  • Two or three faces resemble those one often sees in Wall-street, or on Change, in Boston.

    The South-West

    Jonathon Holt Ingraham

  • "If you had been in Wall-street since ten o'clock this morning you would be prepared to enjoy this sail," he said.

    Richard Vandermarck

    Miriam Coles Harris

British Dictionary definitions for wall street

Wall Street


a street in lower Manhattan, New York, where the Stock Exchange and major banks are situated, regarded as the embodiment of American finance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wall street

Wall Street


"U.S. financial world," 1836, from street in New York City that is home to many investment firms and stock traders, as well as NYSE. The street so called because it ran along the interior of the defensive wall of the old Dutch colonial town.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wall street in Culture

Wall Street

A street in New York City on which the New York Stock Exchange and many investment firms are located. The street's name is often used in reference to the activities conducted on it: “Stock prices fell on Wall Street.”

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