The main street that takes you from one end of town to the other is an example of a thoroughfare.
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; [...] .
Origin of thoroughfare
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English thurghfare, corresponding to through +"Ž fare. Compare Old English Ã¾urhfaran (“to go through, go over, traverse, pierce, pass through, pass beyond, transcend, penetrate"). Compare also Old English Ã¾urhfÃ¦r (“inner secret place"), German Durchfahrt (“passage through, thoroughfare").