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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 The victim had parked the Jeep in the street in front of the house. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Citizen helps police stop wanted man; girls rip gutters off cottage at treatment center: Berea Police Blotter," 17 Jan. 2020 That may have exposed thousands of Philadelphians to troubling levels of benzene, including children like those who often play in the streets of Grays Ferry. NBC News, "Massive oil refinery leaks toxic chemical in the middle of Philadelphia," 16 Jan. 2020 In that work, students erect barricades in the streets of Paris, an abortive attempt at revolution. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "In Les Misérables, the Song Remains the Same," 15 Jan. 2020 Those who refused felt the full force of CORE protesters demonstrating in the streets and boycotting with their pocketbooks. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pioneer of racial equity John Givens III dies at the age of 83," 7 Jan. 2020 The sheriff went to the other side and left his uniforms in the street to whoever would claim them. Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Harper's magazine, "Leftovers," 6 Jan. 2020 Moody, in a 2013 video on Taco Cabana’s history that’s posted on YouTube, recalled cars lining up in the street trying to get into the restaurant’s parking lot. Patrick Danner,, "Taco Cabana co-founder Lynn Moody dies," 6 Jan. 2020 The car’s three driving modes, Touring, Sport and Track render decidedly different characteristics, even in street driving. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 Cameras able to extract face prints from passers-by are common in the streets of large cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The Economist, "China’s success at AI has relied on good data," 2 Jan. 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 |, 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,, "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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The first known use of street was before the 12th century

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Street.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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