thoroughfare

A thoroughfare is a public road that can get you from one place to another. When it snows, plows try to remove the snow from the thoroughfares so the school busses can take everyone to school. You’re welcome.

This somewhat old-fashioned word has a very common meaning — a public road that goes from point A to point B. The word is made up of thorough, Old English for basically, “through” and fare for “journey.” (Fare also now means a payment, but not in thoroughfare.) If a road is private, like a driveway, it’s not a thoroughfare. This word often appears in the phrase "no thoroughfare," which means there isn't a public route available.

Definitions of thoroughfare
  1. noun
    a public road from one place to another
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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
    Whitehall
    a wide street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament; site of many government offices
    Strand
    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
    Fifth Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that separates the east side of Manhattan from the west side
    Seventh Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that runs north and south
    Bowery
    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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    artery
    a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic
    blind alley, cul de sac, dead-end street, impasse
    a street with only one way in or out
    street
    a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings
    street
    the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel
    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
    mews
    street lined with buildings that were originally private stables but have been remodeled as dwellings
    one-way street
    a street on which vehicular traffic is allowed to move in only one direction
    rue
    (French) a street or road in France
    side street
    a street intersecting a main street and terminating there
    two-way street
    a street on which vehicular traffic can move in either of two directions
    type of:
    road, route
    an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
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