- The definition of a thoroughfare is a main road or a road that connects two places.
The main street that takes you from one end of town to the other is an example of a thoroughfare.
- a way through or passage through
- a public street open at both ends; esp., such a street through which there is much traffic; highway; main road
Origin of thoroughfareMiddle English thurghfare: see through and amp; fare
- A main road or public highway.
- a. A place of passage from one location to another.b. Right to such passage.
- A heavily traveled passage, such as a waterway, strait, or channel.
Origin of thoroughfareMiddle English thurghfare : thurgh, thorow, through; see Thorough + fare, road (from Old English faru, fær, from faran, to go; see fare).
- (now rare except in phrases) A passage; a way through.
- A road open at both ends or connecting one area with another; a highway or main street.
- 1819, Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, Roscoe:
- Mr. Roscoe, on the contrary, has claimed none of the accorded privileges of talent. He has shut himself up in no garden of thought, no elysium of fancy; but has gone forth into the highways and thoroughfares of life; […] .
- An unobstructed waterway allowing passage for ships.
Middle English thurghfare, corresponding to through + fare. Compare Old English þurhfaran (“to go through, go over, traverse, pierce, pass through, pass beyond, transcend, penetrate”). Compare also Old English þurhfær (“inner secret place”), German Durchfahrt (“passage through, thoroughfare”).