\ ˈstrēt \

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

Speaking to a European audience as NATO leaders met in their emergency session across the street, the two U.S. senators struggled to give reassurance of America's unwavering commitment. Eli Stokols,, "Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory," 12 July 2018 Fifth & Vine Live, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. Luann Gibbs,, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018 The competitive nature of these guys in the street, that vie for the biggest prize or the hottest girl. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Near Narotoli, your correspondent saw a wedding and a funeral one evening, on the same street, powered by a mini-grid. The Economist, "Mini-grids could be a boon to poor people in Africa and Asia," 12 July 2018 Family, friends, and community members handed out flyers near 16th and Center streets, where 16-year-old Teenasia Scobey-Polacheck was last seen. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Local activist helps family search for missing Glendale teen," 12 July 2018 Find them at South Meridian and Georgia streets, outside Circle Centre mall on Maryland Street, near City Market and on the IUPUI campus, among other spots. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "It might be hard to look away from these sidewalk pleas," 10 July 2018 Your foot hovers somewhere between the gas and the brake, waiting for your brain to triangulate their intent: Is that one trying to cross the street, or just waiting for the bus? Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Did the Human Cross the Road? To Confuse the Self-Driving Car," 10 July 2018 The visuals show Foxx strutting down an empty Los Angeles street at night, channeling The Matrix in her all-black attire and oversized leather jacket. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachel Foxx Has a Message For the Guys Who've Done Her "Wrong"," 10 July 2018

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'street.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

: 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 \

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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