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 This mile-long thoroughfare is designed for pedestrians and closed to regular automobile traffic. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2021 The interstate is a major thoroughfare that connects parts of Houston and Dallas. Steven Hernandez, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2021 The Fort Worth Avenue project is just the latest in a series of recent developments along the thoroughfare west of downtown Dallas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 Druid Hill Park serves as a thoroughfare for Diallo to walk to various destinations. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2021 Outdoor dining and a children’s play area are available at the city’s new public thoroughfare First Street Dining Commons. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 The 40th anniversary of an iconic race along 20 blocks of Manhattan’s most famous thoroughfare. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 The equestrian statue’s removal is the latest in a series of major changes along Monument Avenue, a historic thoroughfare in the Virginia state capital—also the former capital of the Confederacy. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Sep. 2021 Druid Hill Park serves as a thoroughfare for Diallo to walk to various destinations. Emily Opilo,, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of thoroughfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Oct 2021

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“Thoroughfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 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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