noun, often attributive
back·​street | \ ˈbak-ˈstrēt How to pronounce backstreet (audio) \

Definition of backstreet

: a street away from the main thoroughfares

Examples of backstreet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That sometimes pushes women to seek out backstreet clinicians, with all of the risk that brings. The Economist, "Malta is the last EU country to have a full ban on abortion," 27 July 2019 On Easter Monday, Lyra and Canning’s friends walked through the city to the backstreet offices of Saoradh. Susan Mckay, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of Lyra McKee," 26 July 2019 Islamic Museum of Australia Tucked into the industrial backstreets of one of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, the Islamic Museum of Australia aims to promote cultural diversity. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 As a result, there have always been two Tel Avivs: the city of the locals, its pulsing backstreets packed with cafés and culture, and the city of tourists, confined to a string of beachfront chain hotels. Debra Kamin, Town & Country, "Tel Aviv Gets Glamorous," 8 Oct. 2015 But contrary to popular perception, violations do not occur only on dingy backstreets. The Economist, "British employers find it surprisingly easy to flout labour law," 13 June 2018 Sebastián Hidalgo Children in color-coded aprons stream in and out of a building on a backstreet in Woodlawn. Sebastián Hidalgo, Chicago Reader, "How Woodlawn kids are learning to fix bikes—and become leaders," 21 June 2018 On one of Islington’s backstreets sits 69 Colebrooke Row, an intimate (read: tiny) speakeasy-style bar for excellent experimental cocktails from master mixologist Tony Conigliaro. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, "103 Things to Do, See, Eat and Shop in London," 7 Dec. 2017 Rather, the quiet industrial backstreet runs beside a row of warehouses near a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. yard. San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco’s auto burglary hot spots," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of backstreet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Backstreet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of backstreet

: a street that is away from the main streets

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