store·​front | \ ˈstȯr-ˌfrənt How to pronounce storefront (audio) \

Definition of storefront

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the front side of a store or store building facing a street
2 : a building, room, or suite of rooms having a storefront



Definition of storefront (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a storefront church a storefront evangelist
2 : occupying a room or suite of rooms in a store building at street level and immediately behind a storefront a storefront school
3 : of, relating to, or being outreach professional services storefront lawyers a storefront clinic

Examples of storefront in a Sentence

Noun He rented a storefront on Main Street.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The firm’s work will include restoring the structure’s storefronts and replacing doors and windows. Madison Iszler,, "Commissioners OK designs for eight-story project near La Villita," 5 Feb. 2020 Her parents eventually inherited it and owned the storefront and the apartments above it until sometime in the 1980s. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "You may know it as the Eiderdown restaurant. But to this Germantown family, it was home," 8 Jan. 2020 Our freelancers handed out flyers about our project and struck up conversations about debt in storefronts and coffee shops. Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica, "Our Journalists Stopped Calling People Hard-to-Reach and Listened to Them. Here’s What Worked.," 30 Dec. 2019 The centuries-old landmarks, narrow country roads that weave through hillside homes, and vintage storefronts are from a different era. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "This California town has the slowest Internet in the U.S.," 22 Nov. 2019 At least one police van was set ablaze, and storefronts and shopping malls were vandalized. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Photos: Hong Kong police and students are fighting a war in one of the city’s top universities," 12 Nov. 2019 Everyday storefronts and brownstones exist without the motion of everyday life. Johnny Simon, Quartzy, "Photographer removes cars and people to show the beauty of New York City architecture," 3 Oct. 2019 Taking over parking lots, motels, restaurants, street corners, empty storefronts and every other space imaginable, Day 1 was filled with major only-in-Vegas moments. Melinda Sheckells, Billboard, "Life Is Beautiful 2019: Billie Eilish Duets, Chance the Rapper Leads Beautiful Sing-Along & More Day 1 Highlights," 21 Sep. 2019 The United Cannabis Business Association, a statewide group of legal marijuana businesses, found that about 2,835 illicit sellers, including storefronts and delivery services, are operating statewide. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "California's cannabis black market has eclipsed its legal one," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of storefront


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Storefront.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of storefront

: the front side of a store
: a room or group of rooms in the front part of a store building

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