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

Suerte found the stone for its tahona in a quarry down the street from their distillery. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Two-Ton Stone That's Made Tequila for Centuries," 28 Nov. 2018 There were the teenage monks, shuffling down the street beneath the bright-white sun. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 The video shows the pair first in a classic home-video setting before transporting their moves to the streets of Burbank, California (through a very timely kaleidoscope transition). Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Teenage Noah Centineo Dressed Up as Batman and Danced to Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend"," 18 Dec. 2018 Around that same time, Uber’s self-driving cars returned to the streets of Pittsburgh, albeit in manual mode only. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber approved to restart self-driving tests in Pennsylvania," 18 Dec. 2018 Argentines have also taken to the streets in mass in recent weeks to demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis and reject government austerity measures implemented in response to currency and inflation problems. Almudena Calatrava, The Seattle Times, "Security concerns arise as Argentina hosts G-20," 27 Nov. 2018 While still compact, low slung, and rectilinear with plenty of glass to go around, the Alice Ball House offers more privacy despite its proximity to the street. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "‘Livable version’ of Philip Johnson’s Glass House hits the market," 13 Sep. 2018 College students began camping out in the street across the embassy to protect the statue from potential attempts to remove it. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Dispute between Seoul, Tokyo over WWII brothels," 21 Nov. 2018 On my street alone, five people died in their cars trying to escape. Popular Mechanics, "Iconic Guitar Builder Loses His Home and Workshop to Flames in Paradise," 16 Nov. 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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More Definitions for street

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

: 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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