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


He rented a storefront on Main Street.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wipe your mind clean of headlines about empty storefronts and experiential shopping and mobile checkouts. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta’s New Store Is an Oasis in New York’s Retail Scene," 27 Nov. 2018 The leafy and lovely downtown features majestic storefronts and homes from the early 1800s to the 1930s, a scenic river walk and plenty of restaurants and shops. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 City officials say seven officers were injured when protesters threw rocks, bottles, bricks and metal poles, and that $100,000 in damage was caused to storefronts and vehicles as the march progressed from Logan Circle through Franklin Square. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Independent police group criticizes D.C. officers’ handling of Inauguration Day riots," 10 July 2018 Having a major storefront start selling games for $10 less as a matter of course seems exciting on the consumer side, but perhaps dangerous for the long-term viability of the industry. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 Cartesiano, Puebla, Mexico This gorgeous property is located inside an old ceramics factory in the heart of Mexico's Puebla, set between brightly painted colonial homes and storefronts. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 In order to compete, retailers have begun to think more about their storefronts as places for consumer experiences, rather than just transactions. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hamelys, the Cult Favorite British Toy Store, Is Finally Coming to the US," 12 Dec. 2018 Some went as far as to erect barricades to protect their storefronts—an odd sight for a weekend in December when Christmas shopping is typically in high gear. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Riots Resurface Across France, Piling Pressure on Macron," 9 Dec. 2018 During that same week, Diesel padlocked its high-end denim storefront at 1507 Walnut. Elizabeth Wellington,, "As our definition of luxury shifts, Walnut Street evolves with it | Elizabeth Wellington," 10 July 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of storefront was in 1850

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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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