thor·​ough·​fare | \ˈthər-ə-ˌfer, 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

2a : passage, transit

b : the conditions necessary for passing through

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Examples of thoroughfare in a Sentence

one of the city's main thoroughfares

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Between West 15th and 16th streets: Food carts huddle inside the Chelsea Market Passage, a covered thoroughfare with seating and global sustenance. Andrea Sachs,, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 Nearly 100 years after the Harlem renaissance, the thoroughfare is still considered a historic nexus of black New York and the theater one of the most renowned places in the world for black performers. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, "How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night," 18 June 2018 At completion, the thoroughfare will be expanded to four lanes with a traffic stop light and median cuts. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "New 8-acre retail development planned on Townsen Boulevard in Humble," 8 June 2018 Would a pedestrian thoroughfare be a help or hindrance to local businesses? Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "What Activism Can Teach Kids About Life," 7 June 2018 Aziz was charged Thursday with one count of aggravated assault on law enforcement and a count of blocking a public thoroughfare. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Report: Mesa police shot unarmed man after 9-second exchange," 6 May 2018 In another part of the state, teachers lined up on one side of Baseline Road, a thoroughfare that runs about 45 miles through Mesa and Phoenix. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Arizona teachers line up for miles to kick off massive education protest," 26 Apr. 2018 The funds would come from a $12 million state grant, awarded in 2016 for redevelopment and infrastructure upgrades on the thoroughfare. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "East Hartford Looking At Ways To Revitalize Silver Lane," 8 June 2018 Metro installed a temporary cooling tower on the thoroughfare last year, providing relief to the stations’ estimated 39,000 daily users. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Metro says permanent relief is coming to two hot Red Line stations," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of thoroughfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of thoroughfare

: a main road


thor·​ough·​fare | \ˈthər-ō-ˌfer \

Kids Definition of thoroughfare

1 : a street or road open at both ends

2 : a main road

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