street

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noun

1
a
: 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

street

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adjective

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 contactsDale Keiger
2
: retail
the street price
Phrases
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Why hasn’t there been more said about the impact of the restaurant sheds that exist on streets? Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 10 July 2024 Below find inspiration from proto-Brat street stylers. Irene Kim, Vogue, 10 July 2024
Adjective
The newspaper also pointed out that mid-street crossing is common in the area, in no small part because the median between the two one-way roads that Herzberg was crossing contains an apparent pedestrian walkway. Jeremy Hsu, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2018 An atmospheric, sub-street level wine cellar-vibe addition in the former Biondi Mills in Ostiense, said to be inspired by the 1950’s American soda companies. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 27 June 2022 See all Example Sentences for street 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English strete, from Old English strǣt, from Late Latin strata paved road, from Latin, feminine of stratus, past participle — more at stratum

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Street.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/street. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

street

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a public way especially in a city, town, or village usually including sidewalks and being wider than an alley or lane
b
: the part of a street reserved for vehicles
c
: a public way with the property along it
lived on Maple Street
2
: the people occupying property on a street
the whole street was excited

street

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of or relating to the street or streets
a street door
a street map
street clothes
2
: of or relating to the environment of the street
street people
Etymology

Noun

Old English strǣt "street," from Latin strata "paved road," derived from earlier stratus, past participle of sternere "to spread out"

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