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

In a city where entire blocks have been razed for new, boxy apartment buildings and sleek storefronts, the Louisa Hotel is an anomaly. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Historic Louisa Hotel, witness to Seattle history and tragedy, opens new chapter as apartment building," 17 June 2019 The original three Star Control games can continue to be sold on other storefronts, including Stardock's, and Stardock will split revenue from those games' sales with Ford & Reiche. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Stardock and Star Control creators settle lawsuits—with mead and honey," 11 June 2019 There will be good stories in what people do with storefronts instead of selling things. New York Times, "So, About That Treadmill Desk in the Newsroom," 4 July 2018 Both have been detrimental to south suburban property values and declining building, storefront, and parking lot conditions. Chicago Tribune, Daily Southtown, "Speak Out: Commercial property owners, D-Day veterans," 5 June 2019 Your only legal options were either niche storefronts, or label-specific ones, none of them user-friendly. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "iTunes Is Dead. Let's Pay Our Respects," 3 June 2019 The brothers’ first little Seattle storefront, at 1325 Second Ave., took a small part of the block-big Arcade Building. Paul Dorpat, The Seattle Times, "The fate of the Rhodes Stores turned on a dime," 26 Oct. 2018 Two storefronts punctuate the otherwise residential block. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 In bringing Fortnite to Android this summer, Epic gambled that the biggest video game phenomenon in the world could find success without relying on the centralized Google Play storefront (and its 30 percent cut of all revenues). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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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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