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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The principal street of a small town.
  • n. The inhabitants of small towns considered as a group.
  • n. A place that represents narrowness of view and smug complacency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A main thoroughfare, usually one in a small town having the largest concentration of retail businesses.
  • n. The attitudes, environment, or life style of a small town; -- usually capitalized, and often used attributively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. street that serves as a principal thoroughfare for traffic in a town
  • n. any small town (or the people who inhabit it); generally used to represent parochialism and materialism (after a novel by Sinclair Lewis)

Etymologies

Sense 2, after Main Street, a novel by Sinclair Lewis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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