store·​front | \ˈstȯr-ˌfrənt \

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

Tucked under a bustling underpass in Brooklyn, there’s a thin storefront sandwiched between two run-of-the-mill apartment buildings. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Brooklyn’s Bar Beau Is the Latest Hidden Hotspot You Need to Visit," 24 Nov. 2018 In 1987, McDonald was directing a raid on a Chinatown storefront that was dealing in fake Rolexes when she was attacked by a man wielding a metal pipe. Catherine Hong, Town & Country, "An Expert on Counterfeit HandBags Reveals How You Can Always Spot the Fakes," 17 Sep. 2018 The requests grew, and her catering business evolved in 2014 into a Mountain View storefront called Zareen’s. Louis Hansen, The Seattle Times, "One way to keep food-service workers in pricey places: Pay their rent," 17 Aug. 2018 Italianate in style and faced with orange brick, the rowhouse offered a first-floor storefront with bedrooms above for Jacob and his wife, Maria, two sons, a daughter and boarder, all recorded in the 1910 census. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 The researchers said Amazon allowed R.A.C. Records, a distributor of racist music, T-shirts, flags and the white-power magazine Resistance, to maintain a storefront with more than 200 items for sale. Tracy Jan,, "Amazon continues to profit from the sale of white-supremacist propaganda, report says," 6 July 2018 Shrago, who originally started the museum as traveling exhibits in 1986 and later operated out of a Plantation storefront, is married to former Broward Judge Jay Spechler. Larry Barszewski,, "Children's art museum can't have nude exhibits in new county deal," 12 June 2018 This is an uncertain time for a storefront that seems to have remained frozen in time—or more accurately, covered in dust—for several decades. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Will the music finally stop at Recycled Records in Springfield?," 30 May 2018 In time, an agent found the perfect building: a home attached to a vacant storefront that had once been the site of a dental office. Tom Hallman Jr.,, "End of a story for a Hawthorne Boulevard bookstore: Tom Hallman," 27 May 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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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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