Thoroughfare Definition

thûrō-fâr, thûrə-, thŭr-
A public street open at both ends; esp., such a street through which there is much traffic; highway; main road.
Webster's New World
A place of passage from one location to another.
American Heritage
A way through or passage through.
Webster's New World
A heavily traveled passage, such as a waterway, strait, or channel.
American Heritage

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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Origin of Thoroughfare

  • 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

  • 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

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