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

  • n. A main road or public highway.
  • n. A place of passage from one location to another.
  • n. Right to such passage.
  • n. A heavily traveled passage, such as a waterway, strait, or channel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A passage; a way through.
  • n. A road open at both ends or connecting one area with another; a highway or main street.
  • n. The act of going through; passage; travel, transit.
  • n. An unobstructed waterway allowing passage for ships.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A passage through; a passage from one street or opening to another; an unobstructed way open to the public; a public road; hence, a frequented street.
  • n. A passing or going through; passage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That through which one goes; a place of travel or passage.
  • n. Specifically— A place through which much traffic passes.
  • n. A road for public use; a highway; a public street, unobstructed and open at both ends.
  • n. A strait of water, or a neck of land connecting two bodies of water, habitually traversed by wild fowl in migrating or passing to and from their feeding-grounds.
  • n. Passage; travel; transit.

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

  • n. a public road from one place to another


Middle English thurghfare : thurgh, thorow, through; see thorough + fare, road (from Old English faru, fær, from faran, to go; see fare).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English thurghfare, corresponding to through +‎ fare. Compare Old English þurhfaran ("to go through, go over, traverse, pierce, pass through, pass beyond, transcend, penetrate"). Compare also Old English þurhfær ("inner secret place"), German Durchfahrt ("passage through, thoroughfare"). (Wiktionary)



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