street

noun
\ ˈstrēt \

Definition of street

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a thoroughfare especially in a city, town, or village that is wider than an alley or lane and that usually includes sidewalks
b : the part of a street reserved for vehicles
c : a thoroughfare with abutting property lives on a fashionable street
2 : the people occupying property on a street the whole street knew about the accident
3 : a promising line of development or a channeling of effort a crafty politician working both sides of the street success through compromise is a two-way street

4 capitalized

a : a district (such as Wall Street or Fleet Street) identified with a particular profession
b : the people who work in such a district doing better than the Street expected
5 : an environment (as in a depressed neighborhood or section of a city) of poverty, dereliction, or crime grew up on the mean streets
on the street or in the street
1 : idle, homeless, or out of a job
2 : out of prison : at liberty
up one's street or down one's street
: suited to one's abilities or taste

street

adjective

Definition of street (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the streets: such as
a : adjoining or giving access to a street the street door
b : carried on or taking place in the street street fighting
c : living or working on the streets a street peddler street people
d : located in, used for, or serving as a guide to the streets a street map
e : performing in or heard on the street a street band
f(1) : suitable for wear or use on the street street clothes
(2) : not touching the ground used of a woman's dress in lengths reaching the knee, calf, or ankle
g : of, relating to, or characteristic of the street environment street drugs used … his new street cred to develop contacts— Dale Keiger
2 : retail the street price

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Examples of street in a Sentence

Noun

They live on a busy street. You should look both ways before crossing the street. The police car cruised up the street. Many of our customers walk in off the street without having heard of us before.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They were just lined up across the streets and in front of the gates trying to get in and asking us questions. Marie Claire, "A Year of Grieving and Healing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," 14 Feb. 2019 Imagine walking down the street and seeing them hold hands. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "So About the Rumor That Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt Are Dating...," 22 Jan. 2019 The former is a historic harbor district dotted with small galleries, cute coffeehouses, gritty street art, and hip boutiques. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 As Allure exclusively reports, the brand's first-ever fragrance collection is comprised of four unique scents, each named after Atkin's favorite streets located in some of her favorite cities around the world. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Ouai Founder Jen Atkin Tells Allure All About the Brand's New Fragrance Line," 6 Nov. 2018 The New York Police Department pulled nearly 3,000 body cameras off the streets after one exploded inside a Staten Island precinct early Sunday. Fox News, "NYPD pulls 3,000 body cams off street after one exploded," 22 Oct. 2018 Los Angeles, like cities nationwide, is transforming its streets. Christopher D. Legras, WSJ, "Vision Zero, a ‘Road Diet’ Fad, Is Proving to Be Deadly," 18 Jan. 2019 That sounded absolutely up my street, so my friend made introductions. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "How the Costumes in The Favourite Help Tell the Story of Queen Anne," 21 Nov. 2018 On Friday, December 28, Charles shared a photo of himself and Camila in the sweetest matching hats, standing in the street amid string lights and holiday shoppers. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Wear Matching Bunny Hats in South Korea," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

ATVs are not street legal, though a driver's license is not needed to operate one. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Watch ATV drivers do wheelies on I-10," 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of street

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for street

Noun

Middle English strete, from Old English strǣt, from Late Latin strata paved road, from Latin, feminine of stratus, past participle — more at stratum

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street

noun

English Language Learners Definition of street

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a road in a city or town that has houses or other buildings on one or both sides
informal : a poor part of a city where there is a lot of crime

street

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of street (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to streets
: occurring, performing, working, or living on a street or sidewalk
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a poor part of a city where there is a lot of crime

street

noun
\ ˈstrēt \

Kids Definition of street

1 : a public road especially in a city, town, or village
2 : the people living along a street The whole street was excited.

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