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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 distinctive batter that differentiates a Pronto Pup from other corn dogs is sold out of a tiny Southwest Portland storefront, which also sells concessions supplies for parties and events. oregonlive, "The Original Pronto Pup, popular corn dog restaurant on Oregon coast, is up for sale," 23 Feb. 2021 The exhibit creates a colorful jungle environment inside storefront where visitors can discover a quiet place to meditate while finding solace and inspiration, according to the cultural center. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Take a break from winter with this ‘Glow Forest’ in Oak Cliff," 28 Jan. 2021 On the ground level, there will be 9,100 square feet of available retail storefront. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, "Mayor Hanwell updates Medina council on courthouse project," 26 Jan. 2021 On the grimmer end is a postcard with a photo of a dead horse slumped on the sidewalk of a Crockett Street storefront, a victim of the 1921 flood that swept through downtown San Antonio. René A. Guzman,, "10,000 vintage San Antonio postcards?! Collector has some that date back to the late 1800s," 22 Jan. 2021 But with storefront and apartment tenants not paying rent, landlords are getting squeezed from both sides. New York Times, "New York Halted Evictions. But What Happens When the Ban Ends?," 1 Jan. 2021 Pino Cisternino partnered with his brother on the Highland Park storefront when Pino was 25. Donald Liebenson,, "‘Unique and entertaining’ Pino and Franco barbershop closing for good as last brother looks to retire," 17 Dec. 2020 If the panel’s proposals are passed into law, Amazon’s ability to operate the largest online marketplace and sell its own goods in the same digital storefront may be hamstrung. Natalia Drozdiak,, "Amazon’s Everything Store Becomes Everyone’s Antitrust Target," 10 Nov. 2020 The family belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist ministry that met in a storefront. New York Times, "Virginia Mollenkott, 88, Dies; Feminist Found Liberation in the Bible," 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As tensions flared Saturday, police clashed with members of fringe groups who set up street barricades and smashed storefront windows in downtown Barcelona. NBC News, "Pablo Hasél: Rapper's arrest triggers widespread protests and debate over free speech in Spain," 19 Feb. 2021 Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood will feature storefront windows that have been freshly decorated for the holiday season. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "16 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Dec. 25-27," 24 Dec. 2020 The sparkle of the holiday season has already been dimmed by storefront windows covered in plywood, as tensions rise over ballot counts. NBC News, "You're not the only one who stress-shopped this week," 6 Nov. 2020 Nearby, other workers hammered plywood over storefront windows and doors. Steve Rubenstein,, "Sacramento braces for violent protests before Inauguration Day," 16 Jan. 2021 Theatre Y, a small Chicago theater company that has put on mostly experimental and European plays, is relocating — from its storefront space in Lincoln Square to the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale. Doug George,, "Chicago’s Theatre Y plans a bold move: A campus in North Lawndale with members of the ensemble moving with the theater," 14 Dec. 2020 Rasmussen is currently looking for a storefront space that artists Jonathan Rosemond and Wyatt Lasky can use as a set for a podcast. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Closed by pandemic, Minneapolis art center takes its shows on the road," 12 Nov. 2020 The property includes the building that once housed the Arrowhead Cafe, and could be part of apartments over storefront retail space on that corner. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "City of Hartford assumes ownership of properties near Dunkin’ Donuts Park where development could further strengthen connection between downtown and neighborhoods," 26 Oct. 2020 The storefront restaurant is in a strip mall with plenty of parking. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Lakeshore Eatery: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 29 June 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 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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