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

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Examples of thoroughfare in a Sentence

one of the city's main thoroughfares
Recent Examples on the Web The original quick-casual eatery sits on Woodward Avenue, Detroit’s famous and main thoroughfare. Marc Bona, cleveland, 17 May 2021 Used needles littering the sidewalk are common, even in heavily trafficked areas like Southwest Broadway, downtown’s main thoroughfare. oregonlive, 14 May 2021 The new building, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, also was to be the keystone of Grand Avenue, a downtown thoroughfare that Mr. Broad had long wanted to turn into Los Angeles’s answer to Fifth Avenue and the Champs-Élysées. Washington Post, 1 May 2021 On this street, Boca Chica’s only residential thoroughfare, 1960s Americana meets the new space race. Brandon Lingle, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Apr. 2021 This trail connects to the Peavine, a wide thoroughfare along the eastern bank popular with bikers, joggers and stroller-pushing moms. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2021 While the three closest archways to the right-field foul pole will be closed, the Giants aren’t shutting the portwalk because it’s a public thoroughfare — social distancing will be enforced by police and security. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2021 Redevelopment in downtown Palm Springs has been through seemingly endless revisions since the end of the last century, when an enormous shopping mall gobbling up a big chunk of Palm Canyon Drive, the town’s primary thoroughfare, went belly up. Christopher Knight Art Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2021 Jalaal stopped the trio at the corner of a broad thoroughfare, where the rumble of cargo movers masked their conversation. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of thoroughfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thoroughfare was in the 15th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Thoroughfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thoroughfare

: a main road


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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