from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A street and district in London, England. It was the market center of medieval London and the site of the Mermaid Tavern, a gathering place for Elizabethan poets and playwrights.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. any of several streets in English towns and cities that were originally marketplaces
- proper n. a street, and surrounding district, in the City; links Newgate Street, Cornhill, Threadneedle Street, Poultry and Lomboard Street (and others)
From Middle English cheap ("market") (Wiktionary)