thoroughfare

noun
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 blaze happened near the intersection of the 2 and 134 freeways, which forced transit officials to close stretches of both thoroughfares for several hours. James Queally, Glendale News-Press, "Two men accused of setting blaze at Eagle Rock homeless encampment that grew into brush fire," 4 Sep. 2019 The blaze happened near the intersection of the 2 and 134 freeways, which forced transit officials to close stretches of both thoroughfares for several hours. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Two men accused of setting blaze at Eagle Rock homeless encampment that grew into brush fire," 3 Sep. 2019 Baton Rouge, which was devastated by floods in 2016, was similarly quiet Saturday, with puddles left from overnight rains, wind shaking the trees and only a few cars and trucks on thoroughfare Interstate 10. Fox News, "Barry makes landfall in Louisiana after weakening back to tropical storm," 13 July 2019 Baton Rouge, which was devastated by floods in 2016 , was similarly quiet Saturday, with puddles left from overnight rains, wind shaking the trees and only a few cars and trucks on thoroughfare Interstate 10. Janet Mcconnaughey, chicagotribune.com, "Millions in line of punishing rain from Tropical Storm Barry: ‘Stock up on water. Stock up food. Get ready for the storm — ride it out’," 12 July 2019 Two drivers suffered serious injuries in a crash that shut down part of a Fountain Valley thoroughfare Tuesday morning, according to authorities. Julia Sclafani, latimes.com, "2 drivers suffer major injuries in Fountain Valley crash," 26 June 2019 The revenue from those leases is now used to pay for landscaping and public art on the median of the Metairie thoroughfare. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Howard Bennett, champion of arts, beautification in East Jefferson, dies at 75," 10 Apr. 2018 The atmosphere was far less charged than in previous demonstrations, although police clashed with protesters on the Arbat, a main tourism and shopping thoroughfare, after several hours. Neil Macfarquhar, BostonGlobe.com, "With pickets, Russian protesters look to sustain momentum," 17 Aug. 2019 New York’s effort to remove cars from 14th Street was inspired by a similar project in Toronto, where car traffic was blocking streetcars on one of the city’s vital thoroughfares, King Street. New York Times, "Major Traffic Experiment in N.Y.C.: Cars All but Banned on Major Street," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of thoroughfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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thoroughfare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thoroughfare

: a main road

thoroughfare

noun
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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