\ 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


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 Pride Parade will be held Friday at 7 p.m., starting at the intersection of Campbell and Market streets downtown. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival," 10 June 2019 It’s named after not just the street where it can be found — but also the 560-pound green sea turtle, Myrtle, that has lived at the New England Aquarium since 1970. Steve Annear,, "‘The turtle is burning kids’: People want newly installed turtle sculpture removed from Beacon Hill playground," 10 June 2019 In a separate vote, the Plan Commission also endorsed Elevation 1659, a high-end apartment proposal that Ogden Multifamily Partners LLC wants to build where North Jackson Street meets the convergence of North Water and East Brady streets. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Planned downtown high-rise mixing high-rent apartments with affordable units wins Plan Commission approval," 10 June 2019 South Shepherd Drive is closed between Vermont and Peden streets as officers investigate. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Pedestrian dead after crash in Houston’s River Oaks," 10 June 2019 Of those, 3,626 were in shelters and 4,476 were living on the streets, vehicles, canyons or other open places. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Researchers find environment perpetuates stigma of homelessness," 9 June 2019 Nearly three dozen mechanical and electrical issues may have briefly interrupted service for numerous New Orleans drainage pumps during heavy rains this spring that caused street flooding, according to Sewerage & Water Board activity logs. Beau Evans,, "Operator logs show more S&WB power, pump issues than first disclosed," 9 June 2019 The legendary rapper will be honored with a street naming ceremony on Monday, June 10th, 2019. Paula Rogo, Essence, "The Legendary Notorious B.I.G. To Be Honored With A Street Naming Ceremony in Brooklyn," 8 June 2019 Japan, however, have the street-wise know-how to get the job done, and have that extra bit of quality that should see them through., "2019 Women's World Cup - Matchday 4 Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 8 June 2019

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

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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
informal : 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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