\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



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


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

And outside of her house, even more wreckage floods the street, and overwhelms the neighborhood still. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Devastating Photos Show Luke Bryan's Mother's Home Destroyed By Hurricane Michael," 23 Oct. 2018 The students who have held rallies, walked out of their schools, and marched into the streets, are blazing a trail prior generations of gun safety activists could not have imagined. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gabrielle Giffords and Edna Chavez Refuse to Be Silenced on Gun Control," 8 Oct. 2018 When opened, tall shutters reveal French doors overlooking the narrow streets of the charming Old Town district. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "Menopause Doesn't Make Me Invisible," 5 Oct. 2018 Tamara Casper places the jar in a Styrofoam cooler packed with ice and rolls her cart out into the street. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Debris could be seen falling into the surrounding streets. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Sao Paulo high rise collapses during massive fire, at least 1 dead," 2 Oct. 2018 Now, that book, Fashion Climbing (Penguin), is seeing the light of day, and one of his most frequent subjects, the writer and T&C contributor Amy Fine Collins, recalls getting to know, if only from a distance, the legendary street style lensman. Amy Fine Collins, Town & Country, "What It Was Like Dressing Up For Bill Cunningham," 15 Aug. 2018 Homeless populations have ballooned in many major cities as rising rents have forced working-class residents out into the streets. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Can a federal tax credit help rent-burdened Americans?," 20 July 2018 The same balloon flew over anti-Trump protests in London on Friday, when thousands crammed the streets of the British capital. CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 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,, "Watch ATV drivers do wheelies on I-10," 28 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'street.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of street


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


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for street


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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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

: a poor part of a city where there is a lot of crime



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


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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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