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

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The chaos at the scene in Caracas was captured on television and witnessed by residents who lived near Bolivar Avenue, a major thoroughfare where the ceremony was being held. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuela Attack Raises Crackdown Fears," 5 Aug. 2018 That’s part of the vision for a major thoroughfare on Detroit’s east side. Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 June 2018 In addition, the airport plans to reimburse the firm $4.4 million to design and build a new realignment of Tuckaseegee Road and to build a new thoroughfare called Todd Road. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte considering $21 million bid to bring firm to property near airport," 21 June 2018 Just off a busy thoroughfare in Singapore’s Chinatown district lies a neighborhood upon a hill. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Guide to Duxton Hill, Singapore’s Most Charming Day-to-Night Neighborhood," 29 Jan. 2019 The Boston thoroughfare, which is known for its chic shopping, was closed to cars from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the city. Alejandro Serrano,, "Pedestrians stroll down a car-less Newbury Street for third annual ‘Open Newbury’," 8 July 2018 State street, the main thoroughfare, is a ghastly avenue of ruins, parts of its most stately buildings being tumbled down, and cornices, walls and fronts of practically all principal structures shattered down., "June 30, 1925: Quake rocks Santa Barbara," 30 June 2018 NY Ave is a thoroughfare, pretty much a freeway because the commuter and truck traffic have nowhere else to go - like on the real freeway that was stopped by opponents. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle that didn’t stop in Northeast Washington," 7 May 2018 But while the district’s central thoroughfare, Grant Avenue, lined with sleepy gift shops, remains frozen in a tourist-trap time-warp, new signs of life were stirring in the area even before China Live opened last spring. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A Feasting Guide to San Francisco’s Newly Glam Chinatown," 2 May 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 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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