A street is a paved road with houses or buildings along the side. Cars, buses, bikes, and motorcycles travel in the street, while pedestrians use the sidewalk.

The street is what you drive a car on, but the word can also refer more generally to the neighborhood around the street, as in street theater or street fashion. And it can also mean a slightly dangerous, crime-filled environment: "It's rough out there on the street." In Old English, the word was stret, from the Late Latin phrase via strata or "paved road."

Definitions of street

n a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings

“they walked the streets of the small town”
“he lives on Nassau Street
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Fleet Street
a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
Harley Street
a street in central London where the consulting rooms of many physicians and surgeons are located
Lombard Street
a street in central London containing many of the major London banks
a wide street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament; site of many government offices
a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
Downing Street
a street of Westminster in London
Pall Mall
a fashionable street in London noted for its many private clubs
Quai d'Orsay
the street in Paris along the south bank of the Seine known for its governmental ministries
Champs Elysees
a major avenue in Paris famous for elegant shops and cafes
a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
Great White Way
a street in Manhattan that passes through Times Square; famous for its theaters
Park Avenue
a fashionable residential street in New York City
Wall Street
a street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located; symbol of American finance
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alley, alleyway, back street
a narrow street with walls on both sides
avenue, boulevard
a wide street or thoroughfare
cross street
a street intersecting a main street (usually at right angles) and continuing on both sides of it
local road, local street
a street that is primarily used to gain access to the property bordering it
high street, main street
street that serves as a principal thoroughfare for traffic in a town
street lined with buildings that were originally private stables but have been remodeled as dwellings
(French) a street or road in France
side street
a street intersecting a main street and terminating there
frontage road, service road
a local road that runs parallel to an expressway and allows local traffic to gain access to property
main drag
the main street of a town or city
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a public road from one place to another

n the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel

“be careful crossing the street
one-way street
a street on which vehicular traffic is allowed to move in only one direction
two-way street
a street on which vehicular traffic can move in either of two directions
Type of:
a public road from one place to another

n people living or working on the same street

“the whole street protested the absence of street lights”
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neighborhood, neighbourhood
people living near one another

n the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction

“she tried to keep her children off the street
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the totality of surrounding conditions

n a situation offering opportunities

“he worked both sides of the street
“cooperation is a two-way street
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chance, opportunity
a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

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