- (capital when part of a name) a public road that is usually lined with buildings, esp in a town: Oxford Street
- (as modifier): a street directory
- the buildings lining a street
- the part of the road between the pavements, used by vehicles
- the people living, working, etc, in a particular street
- (modifier) of or relating to the urban counterculture
- on the streets ⇒ earning a living as a prostitute
- streets ahead of ⇒ informal superior to, more advanced than, etc
- streets apart ⇒ informal markedly different
- up one's street, right up one's street ⇒ informal (just) what one knows or likes best
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a usually paved public road, as in a town or city:Turn left at the next street.
- such a road together with sidewalks and the nearby property:On what street do you live?
- the part of such a street where cars or other vehicles may pass, as opposed to the sidewalk.
- the inhabitants or people who pass frequently on a street:The whole street is talking about the arrest.
adj. [before a noun]
- of, near, or opening onto a street:a street door.
- taking place or appearing on the street:street musicians.
- suitable for everyday wear in public:street clothes.
- relating to life in a (usually urban, esp. inner-city) neighborhood:the street value of illegal drugs.
- Idioms, on or in the street:
- without a home.
- without a job or occupation.
- out of prison;
released from police custody;
- a public thoroughfare, usually paved, in a village, town, or city, including the sidewalk or sidewalks.
- such a thoroughfare together with adjacent buildings, lots, etc.:Houses, lawns, and trees composed a very pleasant street.
- the roadway of such a thoroughfare, as distinguished from the sidewalk:to cross a street.
- a main way or thoroughfare, as distinguished from a lane, alley, or the like.
- the inhabitants or frequenters of a street:The whole street gossiped about the new neighbors.
- the Street, [Informal.]
- the section of a city associated with a given profession or trade, esp. when concerned with business or finance, as Wall Street.
- the principal theater and entertainment district of any of a number of U.S. cities.
- on or in the street:
- without a home:You'll be out on the street if the rent isn't paid.
- without a job or occupation;
- out of prison or police custody;
- British Termsup one's street, See alley 1 (def. 7).
- of, on, or adjoining a street:a street door just off the sidewalk.
- taking place or appearing on the street:street fight; street musicians.
- suitable for everyday wear:street clothes; street dress.
- Informal Termsretail:the street price of a new computer; the street value of a drug.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English strēt, strǣt; cognate with Dutch straat, German Strasse; all
Latin (via) strāta paved (road); see stratum
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged roadway, concourse. Street, alley, avenue, boulevard all refer to public ways or roads in municipal areas. A street is a road in a village, town, or city, esp. a road lined with buildings. An alley is a narrow street or footway, esp. at the rear of or between rows of buildings or lots. An avenue is properly a prominent street, often one bordered by fine residences and impressive buildings, or with a row of trees on each side. A boulevard is a beautiful, broad street, lined with rows of stately trees, esp. used as a promenade. In some cities street and avenue are used interchangeably, the only difference being that those running one direction (say, north and south) are given one designation and those crossing them are given the other.