\ ˈstrēt How to pronounce street (audio) \

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

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 Half of Chicago's rank-and-file cops could be off the street. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 16 Oct. 2021 The address, in the former French Concession, is off the street, and directions are provided only when a booking is made. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 More people have returned to homelessness than found housing or services to keep them off the street under a hotel voucher program launched by the city of Oceanside in April. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 The Packers signed Campbell off the street on June 9 for one year and $2 million. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 Edwards himself has cycled on and off the street for years and had been living in a makeshift structure near where O’Connor was killed for about five months. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 The 4th Infantry Division became known for its rough methods, including breaking down the doors of private homes and grabbing young Iraqi men off the street and delivering them to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 Tompkins sees his proposal as one part of a broader plan to get people off the street before winter sets in., 4 Oct. 2021 Bricks-and-mortar crypto exchanges all operate slightly differently, but their basic premise is that customers can walk in off the street and purchase various cryptocurrencies with cash, a credit card or a bank transfer. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The tree removal is part of a multi-street paving program planned by the city., 26 Aug. 2021 The late King of Pop has enough tunes in his bag for anyone to serenade sweetly under the covers, but for Pink Sweat$, this song proves that the icon was able to keep it street while being sweet. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 28 May 2021 Among the possibilities, Schiemer said, don't expect any more Project One–style non-street-legal projects. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 3 Apr. 2021 Cyber Branch: There were a lot of mistakes that could be made in setting up a site like this that someone who wasn't very street smart could easily make. CBS News, 10 Nov. 2020 In April, the city sent a strong message to joyriders by crushing more than 30 non-street legal dirt bikes and quads in a car compactor. Rebecca Lurye,, 16 Oct. 2020 Diego Lopez, who lives in downtown Hartford, is a team lead in Compass Peacebuilders, the city’s largest anti-street violence organization. Rebecca Lurye,, 11 Aug. 2020 Its headlights, a strip of illumination, wouldn’t be street legal. Wired, 23 Nov. 2019 The Bird scooters were seized from the streets after the state said the scooters were not street legal. Anna Beahm |, al, 3 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of street was before the 12th century

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“Street.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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


\ ˈstrēt How to pronounce street (audio) \

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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