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store·​front ˈstȯr-ˌfrənt How to pronounce storefront (audio)
: the front side of a store or store building facing a street
: a building, room, or suite of rooms having a storefront


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: of, relating to, or characteristic of a storefront church
a storefront evangelist
: occupying a room or suite of rooms in a store building at street level and immediately behind a storefront
a storefront school
: 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
Image Image Drills — easily hired from companies with storefronts across the city — often fail to find water or have to go deeper now, which means more electricity and gas for the pumps pulling precious liquid from the earth. Damien Cave Atul Loke, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Since then, many restaurants and bars have closed or are struggling to operate, and shuttered storefronts are an increasingly common sight. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 The music video was also shot directly in front of the Prada storefront in SoHo, New York City with both rappers dripped out in full Prada looks. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 18 Mar. 2024 The game originally shipped for consoles and Windows PCs — and was briefly banned from some storefronts over a ratings mistake. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 15 Mar. 2024 New storefronts like Los Angeles’s Tangtastic have cropped up stateside just to sell tanghulu—and were greeted with long lines. Steffi Cao, Bon Appétit, 15 Mar. 2024 In the meantime, unlicensed storefronts opened up all over the state, especially in New York City, with the problem becoming so pronounced that Hochul last month asked such online entities as Google and Yelp to stop listing them online. Anthony Izaguirre, Quartz, 18 Mar. 2024 An old storefront in Sumner, Mississippi, houses the Emmett Till Interpretive Center and features exhibits about the 14-year old Black teenager who was murdered by white men in Mississippi in 1955. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Perhaps the biggest attraction for guests is a visit to the Silos and Magnolia storefront (a 10-minute walk from the hotel). Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2024
In 1958, Dederich — a recovering alcoholic — opened a storefront drug rehabilitation program in Santa Monica, California. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 The firm’s office space, easily visible through its large storefront windows, is small and open, with rows of white tables where employees work. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Pike in the early morning hours of Oct. 20, throwing rocks through the storefront windows to break into the business. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 1 Feb. 2024 Chula Vista’s ordinance allows up to eight storefront retailers or no more than two in each district. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2024 There are 695 licenses for storefront retail dispensaries, most in the urban hubs of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Scooty Nickerson, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 The decision allows city staffers to work with consultants on details of how the storefront cannabis licenses would be issued and overseen. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 The pop-up boutique on April 28 and April 29 was set up in storefront space that had been vacant and was provided courtesy of the mall by The Arboretum of South Barrington owner Rick Heidner. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2023 Vista is the only other North County city to legalize storefront cannabis sales so far. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of storefront was in 1850

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“Storefront.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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