Definitions

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

  • n. A public way or thoroughfare in a city or town, usually with a sidewalk or sidewalks.
  • n. Such a public way considered apart from the sidewalks: Don't play in the street.
  • n. A public way or road along with the houses or buildings abutting it: lives on a quiet street.
  • n. The people living, working, or habitually gathering in or along a street: The whole street protested the new parking regulations.
  • n. A district, such as Wall Street in New York City, that is identified with a specific profession. Often used with the.
  • n. The streets of a city viewed as the scene of crime, poverty, or dereliction.
  • n. The common public viewed as a repository of public attitudes and understanding.
  • adj. Near or giving passage to a street: a street door.
  • adj. Taking place in the street: a street brawl; street crime.
  • adj. Living or making a living on the streets: street people; a street vendor.
  • adj. Performing on the street: street musicians; a street juggler.
  • adj. Crude; vulgar: street language; street humor.
  • adj. Appropriate for wear or use in public: street clothes.
  • idiom on Without a job; idle.
  • idiom on Without a home; homeless.
  • idiom on Out of prison; at liberty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A paved part of road, usually in a village or a town.
  • n. A road as above but including the sidewalks (pavements) and buildings.
  • n. The people who live in such a road, as a neighborhood.
  • n. The people who spend a great deal of time on the street in urban areas, especially, the young, the poor, the unemployed, and those engaged in illegal activities.
  • n. Street talk or slang.
  • n. a large amount
  • n. Each of the three opportunities that players have to bet, after the flop, turn and river.
  • n. Illicit, contraband, especially of a drug
  • adj. Having street cred; conforming to modern urban trends.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, a paved way or road; a public highway; now commonly, a thoroughfare in a city or village, bordered by dwellings or business houses.
  • n. the roadway of a street{1}, as distinguished from the sidewalk.
  • n. the inhabitants of a particular street.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A paved road; a highway.
  • n. A public way or road, whether paved or unpaved, in a village, town, or city, ordinarily including a sidewalk or sidewalks and a roadway, and having houses or town lots on one or both sides; a main way. in distinction from a lane or alley: as, a fashionable street; a street of shops. Abbreviated St., st. Compare road, 3.
  • n. The way for vehicles, between the curbs, as distinguished from the sidewalks: as, to walk in the street.
  • n. Hence, a path or passageway inclosed between continuous lines of objects; a track; a lane.
  • n. A path; a way.
  • n. The inhabitants of a street collectively.
  • n. Synonyms Road, etc. See way.

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

  • n. the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction
  • n. a situation offering opportunities
  • n. the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel
  • n. people living or working on the same street
  • n. a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings

Etymologies

Middle English strete, from Old English strǣt, strēt, from Late Latin strāta, paved road, from Latin, feminine past participle of sternere, to stretch, extend, pave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English streete, strete, stret, strate, from Old English strǣt ("a road, a town-road, a street, a paved road, high road"), from West Germanic *strāta (“street”), an early borrowing from Late Latin (via) strāta ("paved (road)"), from strātus, past participle of sternō ("stretch out, spread, bestrew with, cover, pave"), from Proto-Indo-European *sterh₃- (“to stretch out, extend, spread”). Cognate with Scots stret, strete, streit ("street"), Eastern Frisian strete ("street"), West Frisian strjitte ("street"), Dutch straat ("street"), Low German strate ("street"), German Straße ("street"), Swedish stråt ("way, path"), Icelandic stræti ("street") (Scandinavian forms are borrowed from Old English), Portuguese estrada ("road, way, drive"), Italian strada ("road, street"). Related to Old English strēowian, strewian ("to strew, scatter"). More at strew. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You mean the tax payers who are funding all the lovely looking during the day street lights that are shining up into the sky instead of down into the *street*?

    LIGHT POLLUTION: The continuing spread | Inhabitat

  • On Claire's 'street with no name' in the little town of Bethlehem, 2009 yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'On Claire\'s \'street with no name\' in the little town of Bethlehem, 2009 '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: "Do Americans understand what happens to children when they are buried alive?

    On Claire's 'street with no name' in the little town of Bethlehem, 2009

  • It’s not cool to say the gaze is fine when its coming from an attractive, professional, nice young man across the bar or it’s fine when its the subject of the colloquial ‘no, he likes you, I’ve seen the way he looks at you,’ but the gaze is not ok when its just someone on the street, someone ’street’ looking or whatever.

    Thoughts on oppression, masculinity, power, the male gaze, street harassment, and slavery. « Gender Across Borders

  • "Burst himself through my bedroom-door," continued Mrs Denman, "with lime and charcoal and brick-dust and water streaming down his face -- f-fo-olded me in his arms, bore me out into the street -- the _street_!

    Fighting the Flames

  • UpdateCommand = "UPDATE prospects SET salespn = @salespn, class = @class, updated = GetDate (), company = @company, contact = @contact, title = @title, street = @street, city = @city, state

    ASP.NET Forums

  • San Pancho's main street is cobblestoned, which is a true luxury in Mexico, especially in the rainy season.

    Playa San Francisco: San Pancho for music and art

  • The main street is very busy weekend afternoons so is wise to pick other days or hours to visit there, but heading into Tzintzuntzan the highway just as easily bypasses the main street, though do visit the shops in Quiroga at some point in your stay.

    Road Trip From Mazamitla to Patzcuaro

  • The GOP needs to realize that main street is hurting and has been hurting for so long.

    Senate Republican may switch vote and back debate on bill

  • These days, when people hear the term street art, they often picture Shepard Fairey's Obama Hope poster, yet it has a diverse history that includes everything from Keith Haring's brightly colored bodies to the cubism of the graffiti world -- the three-dimensional lettering that old school New York City writer Tracy 168 dubbed Wildstyle.

    Caroline Hagood: Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop & the Rise of Street Art

  • New walls are building while main street is decaying as Wall St has yet another fling on the public purse more bilk and baloney dubbed milk and honey as the cockroaches take over for the locusts

    The Highway Robber State « Antiwar.com Blog

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  • A street man: a man with a hard life
    A street woman: a trollop.

    (see my list)

    June 13, 2008

  • Ain't none of y'all motherfucker more street than me

    February 17, 2007