thor·​ough·​fare | \ ˈthər-ə-ˌfer How to pronounce thoroughfare (audio) , ˈthə-rə- \

Definition of thoroughfare

1 : a way or place for passage: such as
a : a street open at both ends
b : a main road
b : the conditions necessary for passing through

Examples of thoroughfare in a Sentence

one of the city's main thoroughfares
Recent Examples on the Web The road is a major thoroughfare through Brooklyn and Parma to the south. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 The two-story, 10,000-square-foot store, with its front porch, creaky wood floors and country-store theme, dominates a short thoroughfare just off Katonah’s mom-and-pop central retail strip. Anne Kadet, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Mar introduced legislation Tuesday that would preserve the current state of affairs at the westside thoroughfare through 2025. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2022 The $22 million State Road 32 project between INDOT and the city of Westfield will reconstruct the major thoroughfare from just west of Mill Street to just east of Timberbrook Run in downtown Westfield. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 18 July 2022 Brewer also led the city to a lawsuit settlement that required a developer to pay for the city’s new Buena Vista Reservoir Park and to complete a missing segment of Poinsettia Lane, an east-west city thoroughfare. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2022 Concrete dividers were lowered into place to create cycleways that will protect cyclists from the two-way trams that will continue to ply the thoroughfare. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 4 July 2022 The wildfire forced two road closures, including portions of U.S. Route 206, a north-south thoroughfare. Washington Post, 21 June 2022 Shards of glass and debris covered streets blocks away from the major downtown thoroughfare where the three buildings were hit over the course of five minutes around 1 a.m. Time, 17 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of thoroughfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thoroughfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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thor·​ough·​fare | \ ˈthər-ō-ˌfer How to pronounce thoroughfare (audio) \

Kids Definition of thoroughfare

1 : a street or road open at both ends
2 : a main road

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