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 officers attempted to pull over the Charger, which kept driving and eventually turned from a busy thoroughfare onto a neighborhood street, Lohmar said. NBC News, "Ex-Missouri officer who drove cruiser into man charged with assault," 17 June 2020 Earlier this week, Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to move the monument from the major Richmond thoroughfare. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Richmond police detain multiple people with semi-automatic firearms at Robert E. Lee Monument," 12 June 2020 Ridge Road drivers can expect plenty of orange barrels, with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) getting started on its repaving of the busy thoroughfare between Memphis Avenue in Brooklyn and Denison Avenue in Cleveland. John Benson, cleveland, "NOACA repaving Ridge Road from Memphis to Denison avenues, starting in Brooklyn," 10 June 2020 Video shows people on Broadway, a major thoroughfare, scattering away from and into McAtee’s eatery as officers approach, firing projectiles. Washington Post, "Kentucky mom wants peace, justice for son killed by police," 8 June 2020 Drive along most any thoroughfare in Latin America in regular times and it’s common to see street vendors hawking bottles of water or power cords for mobile phones. Jessica Brice,, "It’s Covid Code Red in Latin America With No Signs of Peaking," 7 June 2020 In the evening, hundreds of people embarked on a march along Biscayne Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in downtown Miami. David Zucchino,, "Protesters pour into cities for another huge mobilization," 6 June 2020 During the pandemic, the north-south thoroughfare has grown more nightmarish than in recent memory with homeless residents sleeping in the doorways of businesses, begging outside liquor stores and wandering into oncoming traffic. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Special report: Anchorage faces a homeless crisis — and the challenges may be increasing," 6 June 2020 In Troy, officers dropped to one knee on Big Beaver Road after police and protesters blocked part of the thoroughfare for two hours at Coolidge, in sight of the prestigious Somerset Collection shopping mall. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Protesters disperse peacefully on 4th night of protests in Detroit," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of thoroughfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2020

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“Thoroughfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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