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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 There, an officer met a man who told him that Deveas had chased his car down the street with a handgun, while his girlfriend and young daughter were inside the vehicle. Angela Roberts,, "Westminster man charged after allegedly running after occupied car with handgun," 28 Oct. 2020 Halloween is often spent with their nieces who live down the street but because their father works in an ICU, Neha and Gautam feel safer staying home. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "Families turn to ‘Animal Crossing’ for trick-or-treating amid covid-19 fears," 28 Oct. 2020 Once upon a time, in the hills above Los Angeles, where owls hoot, bear cubs frolic and deer trip daintily down the street, there lived a family with two little girls, named Jessica and Amelia, who loved to read. Los Angeles Times, "Column: America’s oldest children’s bookstore is struggling in the pandemic. But there’s hope," 27 Oct. 2020 After the building’s owner sold it, the restaurant moved down the street to 110 Soledad St. Karam died in 1975 and left the restaurant to his sons, who eventually opened another dining room as well as a patio overlooking the San Antonio River. Madison Iszler,, "Western wear retailer closing stores, including three in San Antonio," 27 Oct. 2020 The project has attracted dozens of tourists who come to take pictures in their Halloween costumes and stroll down the street. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Trenton neighbors come together to create Pumpkin Lane, a Halloween dream come true," 27 Oct. 2020 How many people outside Tampa could spot Brandon Lowe walking down a street, or pick out Joey Wendle at the mall? David Waldstein, New York Times, "In a Must-Win Game 6, Rays Plan to Turn Up the Aggressiveness," 26 Oct. 2020 At some point, several people pushed their way to Gibson and escorted him down the street, keeping at bay the most belligerent aggressors. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "In the Streets with Antifa," 25 Oct. 2020 The protesters in San Bernardino marched down a street, blocking traffic at an intersection near where the man was shot. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "San Bernardino, Calif., police shooting sparks night of unrest," 24 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Diego Lopez, who lives in downtown Hartford, is a team lead in Compass Peacebuilders, the city’s largest anti-street violence organization. Rebecca Lurye,, "Hartford’s new Police Accountability Review Board taking shape; two vacancies being filled on existing civilian watchdog group," 11 Aug. 2020 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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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Street.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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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