Definitions

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

  • n. The controlling financial interests of the United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. : American financial markets, financial institutions as a whole, or by extension, big-business interests.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A street towards the southern end of the borough of Manhattan, New York City, extending from Broadway to the East River; -- so called from the old wall which extended along it when the city belonged to the Dutch. It is the chief financial center of the United States, hence the name is often used for the money market and the financial interests of the country; -- in American financial publications, also referred to as the street.

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

  • n. a street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located; symbol of American finance
  • n. used to allude to the securities industry of the United States

Etymologies

After Wall Street in New York City.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the name of a street located in Manhattan, where many financial institutions are located. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Once enormously wealthy and still owner of the elaborate house on Wall Street built by Will Devrey in 1706, Bastard has squandered much of his fortune and put the rest in thrall to the speculators of Wall Street.

    City of Glory

  • If a guy worked on Wall Street and lived in New Jersey, the New York State Republican Party considered him its guy and would demand its cut of his donation.

    How to Rig an Election

  • At the top of the bull market in August 1929, just three months before the Wall Street crash, he somehow had the clairvoyance to sell all his stock and purchase a large three-story, seven-bedroom house on a corner of Princeton Place in Montclair, New Jersey, eighteen miles northwest of Manhattan.

    First Man

  • Federal regulators have got to address the '' casino environment '' on Wall Street where computerized high-frequency trading can trigger market-shaking turmoil, Senate Banking

    Democratic Underground Latest Breaking News

  • Eye exams detect early signs of MS. Wall Street Journal, 2007 Jan 2, D6.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • The early 1980s might have been a bleak economic time for the country as a whole, but the future looked bright for the young couple: Tom landed at the powerhouse Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers and Sallie found a job as an advertising executive.

    The Panic Virus

  • At La Guardia Airport, Mayor John Lindsay and his wife greeted their honored guests, then flew them by helicopter to a pier near Wall Street in full view of a salute by a flotilla of fireboats.

    First Man

  • JPMorgan Chase lost 2.5% after the Wall Street Journal reported that commercial banking head Todd Maclin and the head of international operations Heidi Miller are expected to step down from their jobs.

    Street Extends Losing Streak

  • The publisher of The Wall Street Journal, who had been chairman of the company's British newspaper arm during some of the alleged transgressions and had worked for News Corp. for more than five decades, quickly followed suit.

    Scandalized Britain ponders press reform

  • Asa Mathat for The Wall Street Journal Eric Schmidt Our ninth annual D: All Things Digital Conference—D9 for short—was packed with insight, innovation and, most of all, optimism and excitement.

    All Things Digital

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