Definition of thoroughfare in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθʌrəfɛː/


1A road or path forming a route between two places: a scheme to stop the park being used as a thoroughfare the middle bedroom is a thoroughfare to the bathroom
More example sentences
  • Although it could not be driven in a car, the route would steer cyclists off extremely busy roads and onto quiet thoroughfares and country lanes.
  • By night the City Mall turns into a thoroughfare for people moving between the City's most popular nightspots.
  • This week work was under way to re-open the path and residents are hoping it will be a thoroughfare again by the weekend.
through route, access route, way, passage
British informal rat run
1.1A main road in a town: the teeming thoroughfares of central London the main thoroughfares are crowded with tourists
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  • I walk back towards my lodgings on Broad Street, which is the main thoroughfare through town.
  • The pub is situated on the town's main thoroughfare and has street frontage of nearly 11 metres.
  • The march passed through the town's main thoroughfares and ended outside the local press club.
street, road, roadway, avenue, boulevard, way;
French autoroute;
Italian autostrada;
German Autobahn;
North American  highway, freeway, parkway, crossway, turnpike, pike, throughway, expressway, superhighway, interstate;
South African  national road;
Australian  beef road
informal main drag

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