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

During Weekend 1 of Coachella, people like Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner upped the ante on festival street style with pieces from the beloved Scandinavian label Ganni. Glamour, "Everyone's Wearing This Brand at Coachella," 15 Apr. 2019 According to Sotheby's, their wedding was a major affair, witnessed by tens of thousands of people, who lined the streets of Berlin to witness the arrival of the bride. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Two Rare Fabergé Tiaras With Ties to the Russian Royal Family Are Up for Auction," 10 Apr. 2019 Haywood’s car is shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which by normal standards are considered a super-aggressive street-legal track tire. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Driving the Porsche GT3 RS and GT2 RS, the New Quickest Production Cars," 5 Apr. 2019 First, Jake hits the streets in New York to talk festival fashion, dream lineups, and best headliners, from Beyoncé to Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Winner of "The Voice" Brynn Cartelli Dishes On What It's Like to Be On Tour with Kelly Clarkson," 25 Mar. 2019 The sheer volume of innovation on these streets is staggering. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 Robbed of this advertising, many have been forced into street prostitution—a much riskier activity, as there's no vetting possible when getting into a client's car. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 From the streets of New York to the party scene in Los Angeles some of our favorite celebrities were out and about serving up some next-level head-to-toe looks this week. Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner, Kiki Layne and More Best Outfits of the Week," 15 Mar. 2019 Vast wealth is still there indiscreetly elegant buildings like 834, 960, and 1040 Fifth; we just aren’t meant to see it from the street. David Netto, Town & Country, "Is Roman Abramovich's Controversial New York City Mansion the Future of Manhattan Real Estate?," 30 Jan. 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, 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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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
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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