Share this entry
Downing Street Syllabification: Down·ing Street
Pronunciation: /ˈdouniNG ˌstrēt/

Definition of Downing Street in English:

1A street in Westminster, London, between Whitehall and St. James’s Park. No. 10 is the official residence of the prime minister; No. 11 is the official home of the chancellor of the exchequer.
1.1Used allusively for the British government or the prime minister.


Named after the original developer of the site, Sir George Downing (circa1624–84), a diplomat under both Oliver Cromwell and Charles II.

Definition of Downing Street in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources