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 One charger was installed in October at St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church, on a quiet backstreet in Hyde Park, a neighborhood that has other chargers but only in the expensive parking garages patronized by doctors and professors. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 There are also Roman ruins, gorgeous churches and backstreet tapas bars that don't feature English menus. Richard Quest And Joe Minihane, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub BANGLADESH WENT into lockdown on March 26th, but that didn’t stop Zohirul from taking his bicycle rickshaw out onto the backstreets of Dhaka, the capital, a couple of times. The Economist, 16 Apr. 2020 The world’s most successful boy band make perfect posterboys for the new Korea IN A SMALL restaurant in a quiet backstreet in Seoul’s Gangnam district, the walls and part of the ceiling are covered in posters, postcards and key rings. The Economist, 7 Apr. 2020 Director Ceyda Torun uses modern technology — infrared GoPro cameras — to capture a cat's-eye view, though the humans who care for these little sunbathers and backstreet scrappers tend to resonate nearly as much as their feline counterparts. Leah Greenblatt,, 6 Apr. 2020 Walk down Omoide-yokocho (Memory Lane), a snaking backstreet just west of the tracks. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Mar. 2020 As a writer and director Mr. Sollima is known for a gritty realism that captures the neon glitter, concrete and shadowy backstreets of cities. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2020 That sometimes pushes women to seek out backstreet clinicians, with all of the risk that brings. The Economist, 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of backstreet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Dec 2021

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“Backstreet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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: a street that is away from the main streets

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