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

The House of Representatives is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on a much broader economic development bill that would provide up to $500,000 a year in tax credits to merchants who occupy vacant storefronts in downtown areas. Jon Chesto,, "Lawmakers hope tax credits can help fill vacant storefronts," 9 July 2018 Downtown Detroit's leading landlord, businessman Dan Gilbert's Bedrock real estate arm, actively recruits food operations as part of its mix of storefront businesses and office tenants. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "New Meijer, other grocery stores vital to Detroit's comeback," 3 July 2018 Other options could include a system such as Nevada’s, where customers have to first register in-person at a casino or another betting storefront before being able to use mobile. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "States Weigh Bets on Mobile Sports Gambling," 13 July 2018 The fish retailer’s new storefront will be located at 1309/1313 Broadway and replace the former Living Space Furniture store. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Looking for fish? Sunh is moving back to Broadway," 12 July 2018 In one block, Parham Chapel sits one storefront away from Cousin Danny’s Lounge. Valerie Russ,, "Part safe space, part beacon, West Philly's Urban Art Gallery 'bridges the gap between violence and peace'," 11 July 2018 The final amount the village ended up granting for the storefront help was $81,042, according to village finance director Mark Emanuelson. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeing red: Which Milwaukee suburbs are closest to their debt limits?," 11 July 2018 Flame engulfed several residential buildings, leaving cars and storefronts burning, and miles of smoke. Nikki Battiste, CBS News, "Firefighter killed in Wisconsin explosion identified as father of twin daughters," 11 July 2018 There are long-empty storefronts throughout the city. Roland Li,, "Philz Coffee, gym could open in new SF transit center," 9 July 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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