Thoroughfare meaning

thûrō-fâr, thûrə-, thŭr-
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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.

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A main road or public highway.
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A way through or passage through.
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A heavily traveled passage, such as a waterway, strait, or channel.
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A public street open at both ends; esp., such a street through which there is much traffic; highway; main road.
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(now rare except in phrases) A passage; a way through.
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A road open at both ends or connecting one area with another; a highway or main street.
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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; [...] .

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An unobstructed waterway allowing passage for ships.
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Origin of thoroughfare

  • Middle English thurghfare thurgh, thorow through thorough fare road (from Old English faru, fær) (from faran to go fare)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English thurghfare, corresponding to through +"Ž 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").

    From Wiktionary