- the principal street of any small town
Origin of Main Streetterm popularized by Sinclair Lewis in his novel Main Street (1920) the typical inhabitants of a small town, regarded as provincial and conservative
- ordinary citizens and the places in which they live and work: an economic upheaval felt from Wall Street to Main Street
- The principal street of a small town.
- Main Street a. Average businesses and households considered as a group.b. The inhabitants of small US towns considered as having a narrow-minded or materialistic worldview.
Origin of main streetSense 2b, after Main Street a novel by Sinclair Lewis
- the generic street name (often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in the United States, Canada, Ireland, some parts of Scotland and also in some countries in central Europe.
- (idiomatic, North America) the interests of everyday working-class people and small business owners.
- "...Wall Street has surged back to pre-crisis levels of compensation evan as Main Street continues to struggle." - Chrystia Freeland