- The definition of street is something on or close to the road, something acceptable in general public or a person or thing that relates to city life.
- An example of street is a car parked on the road in front of your house; street parking.
- An example of street is a shirt and jeans that can be worn just about anywhere; street clothes.
- An example of street is someone who is homeless in Brooklyn; street person.
- Street is defined as a road or paved passageway to get from one place to another, or is slang referring to the common people or a city environment.
- An example of a street is what you drive on to get from your house to work.
- An example of street is public opinion; the man on the street.
- An example of street is the urban environment; crime on the street.
- a public road in a town or city; esp. a paved thoroughfare with sidewalks and buildings along one or both sides
- such a road apart from its sidewalks: children playing in the street
- the people living, working, etc. in the buildings along a given street
- figuratively, the general public, common people, etc.: taking the issue to the street
- figuratively, an urban environment characterized by poverty, crime, etc.
Origin of streetMiddle English ; from Old English stræt, akin to German strasse ; from early West Germanic loanword ; from Late Latin strata ; from Classical Latin strata (via), paved (road), feminine of stratus: see stratum
- of, in, on, or near the street
- suitable for everyday wear in public: street clothes
- of, relating to, or characterized by urban culture, life on city streets, homelessness, etc.: street artist, street person
- a. Abbr. St. A public way or thoroughfare in a city or town, usually with a sidewalk or sidewalks.b. Such a public way considered apart from the sidewalks: Don't play in the street.c. A public way or road along with the houses or buildings abutting it: lives on a quiet street.
- The people living, working, or habitually gathering in or along a street: The whole street protested the new parking regulations.
- Street A district, such as Wall Street in New York City, that is identified with a specific profession. Often used with the.
- The streets of a city viewed as the scene of crime, poverty, or dereliction.
- The common public viewed as a repository of public attitudes and understanding.
- Near or giving passage to a street: a street door.
- a. Taking place in the street: a street brawl; street crime.b. Living or making a living on the streets: street people; a street vendor.c. Performing on the street: street musicians; a street juggler.d. Crude; vulgar: street language; street humor.
- Appropriate for wear or use in public: street clothes.
Origin of streetMiddle English strete, from Old English str&aemac;t, strēt, from Late Latin strāta, paved road, from Latin, feminine past participle of sternere, to stretch, extend, pave; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A paved part of road, usually in a village or a town.
- Walk down the street.
- A road as above but including the sidewalks (pavements) and buildings.
- I live on the street down from Joyce Avenue.
- The people who live in such a road, as a neighborhood.
- The people who spend a great deal of time on the street in urban areas, especially, the young, the poor, the unemployed, and those engaged in illegal activities.
- (slang) Street talk or slang.
- (figuratively) a large amount
- He's streets ahead of his sister in all the subjects in school.
- (poker slang) Each of the three opportunities that players have to bet, after the flop, turn and river.
- Illicit, contraband, especially of a drug
- I got some pot cheap on the street.
In the sense of “a road”, often used interchangeably with road, avenue, and other similar terms. In narrow usage, street specifically means a paved route within a settlement (generally city or town), reflecting the etymology, while a road is a route between two settlements. Further, in many American cities laid out on a grid, notably Manhattan, streets run east-west, while avenues run north-south, and avenues are frequently wider than streets.
In the sense of “a road”, the prepositions in and on have distinct meanings when used with street, with “on the street” having idiomatic meaning in some dialects. In general for thoroughfares, “in” means “within the bounds of”, while “on” means “on the surface of, especially traveling or lying”, used relatively interchangeably (“don’t step in the road without looking”, “I met her when walking on the road”).
By contrast, “living on the street” means to be living an insecure life, often homeless or a criminal. Further, to “hear something on the street” means to learn through rumor, also phrased as “word on the street is ...”.
(comparative more street, superlative most street)
From Middle English streete, strete, stret, strate, from Old English strǣt (“a road, a town-road, a street, a paved road, high road”), from Proto-Germanic *strātō (“street”), an early borrowing from Late Latin (via) strāta (“paved (road)”), from strātus, past participle of sternō (“stretch out, spread, bestrew with, cover, pave”), from Proto-Indo-European *sterh₃- (“to stretch out, extend, spread”). Cognate with Scots stret, strete, streit (“street”), Eastern Frisian strete (“street”), West Frisian strjitte (“street”), Dutch straat (“street”), Low German strate (“street”), German Straße (“street”), Swedish stråt (“way, path”), Icelandic stræti (“street”) (Scandinavian forms are borrowed from Old English), Portuguese estrada (“road, way, drive”), Italian strada (“road, street”). Related to Old English strēowian, strewian (“to strew, scatter”). More at strew.