street

noun
\ 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

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 The issue of wearing masks in public and staying several feet apart has become fraught politically, with some Americans taking to the streets to protest such rules as a violation of their rights. Curt Anderson And Brian Mahoney, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings," 24 May 2020 The issue of wearing masks in public and staying several feet apart has become fraught politically, with some Americans taking to the streets to protest such rules as a violation of their rights. Brian Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings," 24 May 2020 In a long day on the street Mr Garcia polished only two pairs. The Economist, "The great reversal Covid-19 is undoing years of progress in curbing global poverty," 23 May 2020 Protesters took to the streets and social media, lambasting the decision and accusing law enforcement of covering for McMichael because of his former job. TheWeek, "Man who took video of Ahmaud Arbery shooting charged with felony murder," 22 May 2020 One of those areas was the 1200 block of South Delaware Avenue, where a crowd of about 1,500 pedestrians and vehicles formed on the street. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "3,000-Person Block Party In Florida Leads To Arrests, Claims Of Racism," 21 May 2020 But the policy could be more expansive in the downtown area where Hunter said the potential exists for possibly closing off streets to accommodate restaurants and bars. al, "Safer outside: Mobile allows restaurants to spill into parking lots, sidewalks," 19 May 2020 Over the last month, lockdown protesters have taken to the streets in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Ohio. Tresa Baldas, Freep.com, "Age of Resistance: How a virus riled up Michigan and spawned a rebellion," 17 May 2020 His mother, Angela Evangelist, chose to not bail him out, hoping tough love and staying in jail could better keep him sober than going back to the streets. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas County Jail has struggled to test for COVID-19, but help could be on the way," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Its headlights, a strip of illumination, wouldn’t be street legal. Wired, "Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird," 23 Nov. 2019 The Bird scooters were seized from the streets after the state said the scooters were not street legal. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Zyp bikes to be replaced with electric scooters, pedal-assist bikes," 3 Oct. 2019 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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The first known use of street was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Street.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/street. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for street

street

noun
How to pronounce street (audio)

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 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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