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street

Syllabification: street
Pronunciation: /strēt
 
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Definition of street in English:

noun

1A public road in a city or town, typically with houses and buildings on one or both sides: the narrow, winding streets of Greenwich Village [in place names]: 45 Lake Street
More example sentences
  • It has become impossible to pass through streets and roads at night because of dogs.
  • Do you know how hard it is to walk through the shattered streets of my city and see how hard it fell?
  • The amount of chewing gum stuck on roads and streets around the country drives me up the wall.
Synonyms
road, thoroughfare, avenue, drive, crescent, boulevard;
side street/road, lane, highway
1.1 (the street) US Used to refer to the financial markets and activities on Wall Street.
Example sentences
  • Everybody on Wall Street knows that this firm does by far the best equity research on the Street.
  • Vilify the Street all you want but the fact remains that the top 10% of income earners provide over 70% of the U.S. Government Tax Revenue.
1.2 (the street/streets) The roads or public areas of a city or town: every week, fans stop me in the street
More example sentences
  • The morning of our High Court appearance a huge crowd of students held up the streets.
  • Children will be given the chance to use the climbing wall in an effort to get them off the streets.
  • The sky is grey and unemployment is high, and the streets are awash with plastic bags.
1.3 [as modifier] Of or relating to the outlook, values, or lifestyle of those young people who are perceived as composing a fashionable urban subculture: New York City street culture
More example sentences
  • His car looked out of place and his use of urban street lingo was confusing.
  • More than just something to put on your feet, sneakers have been part of street culture, sports and fashion for decades.
  • When you go to music industry events, you find people who say they want to represent this urban music, this street thing.
1.4 [as modifier] Denoting someone who is homeless: he ministered to street people in storefront missions
More example sentences
  • About a quarter of our clients are homeless street kids, but the rest live and work in Hollywood.
  • The perception that many people have of street beggars and the homeless is that they are a bunch of alcoholics or drug addicts.
  • He spoke to me as a homeless street kid, and he continues to do so.
1.5 [as modifier] Performing or being performed on the street: street theater
More example sentences
  • The intimacy and immediacy of street performing comes naturally to the free-spirited songwriter.
  • The dangerous spirit of street performing informs the whole show.
  • Wenner is a performing visual artist who turns the celebratory folk art of street painting into a performance art spectacle.

Origin

Old English strǣt, from late Latin strāta (via) 'paved (way)', feminine past participle of sternere 'lay down'.

More
  • A street is literally a road with a paved surface, based on Latin strata via ‘paved way’. Some ancient Roman roads in Britain preserve this usage in their names, such as Watling Street (from Dover to Wroxeter) and Ermine Street (from London to Lincoln and York). The modern use, referring to a public road in a city, town, or village that runs between lines of houses and buildings, goes back to Anglo-Saxon times. We have used the phrase the man on the street to refer to an ordinary person in contrast to an expert since the early 19th century. See also man, queer

Phrases

on the streets

1
1Homeless.
Example sentences
  • I have seen our lost generation of young people, in hostels for the homeless or out on the streets.
  • A homeless woman is back on the streets again after being evicted from a telephone box.
  • The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Bedford has risen in the last year.
Synonyms
homeless, down and out, of no fixed abode
2Working as a prostitute.
Example sentences
  • There would be a lot less prostitutes on the streets where anything can happen to them.
  • I was homeless, working as a prostitute on the streets of the red light area of Leeds.
  • Many of the other girls on the streets would go to her when they needed physical protection.

streets ahead

2
British informal Greatly superior: the restaurant is streets ahead of its local rivals
More example sentences
  • He is streets ahead of anyone else, and Ian McGeechan could not lace Jim Renwick's boots as far as I am concerned.
  • With Roger Federer head and shoulders above everyone at the very top, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Safin are streets ahead of the rest.
  • As a football team we were streets ahead of them, but they got a penalty and a breakaway goal.

Derivatives

streeted

1
adjective
[in combination]: a many-streeted tangle of low, brick buildings

streetward

2
adjective& adverb
Example sentences
  • It appeared to have derived from a structure that stood streetward of the outbuilding.
  • As midday crowds watched from sidewalks and shops, rescue helicopters set gingerly down on the building top, their rotors pushing smoke streetward as they landed.
  • Soon she is hurtling streetward as an Agent blasts away at her.

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