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

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