Definition of main street in English:

main street


North American
  • 1The principal street of a town, traditionally the site of shops, banks, and other businesses.

    ‘the money you save on a car can offset some of the higher prices on Main Street’
    • ‘To rectify this it is being proposed that the main street of the town become a one way system.’
    • ‘Driving down the main street you find road markings and speed humps until the church.’
    • ‘She pulled him up onto the seat behind her, swerving down over the main street to dodge through the rest of the traffic.’
    • ‘Like his characters, he used to wander on the main street in town, with nothing to do.’
    • ‘Genteel Lavelle Road now gets lots of cars ever since it has became a main street as part of a maze of one way streets.’
    • ‘On to Carmel, another morbidly cute seaside town with a manicured main street.’
    • ‘The day was gone, she said, when you could pull up on the main street of any county town and run into a shop.’
    • ‘They approached the main street cautiously, even a little afraid, not sure of who or what they would meet.’
    • ‘She drove through the main streets of Falton City for half an hour, mumbling randomly about how much she hated rush-hour.’
    • ‘The gate's position at one end of the main street running through the town reflects its importance.’
    • ‘The false fronts along the main street might have stepped out of Disneyworld's Frontierland.’
    • ‘The dog, nicknamed John, appeared on the grass verge by the side of the road in the main street through the village.’
    • ‘It seems as though she feels it would be such a success, that traffic would be a serious problem in the town main street.’
    • ‘People didn't have watches then and they could see the old clock from any part of the main street of the town.’
    • ‘Mr Lanyon said he intends to campaign with public appearances in the main street of local towns.’
    • ‘The tension in the van rose quickly as they approached the main street of the village.’
    • ‘Now, on leaving my office, I only have a short walk down the main street to reach an underpass into the town centre.’
    • ‘On the main street, Ocean Avenue, a few people are out walking their retrievers.’
    • ‘This is despite it being situated less than two minutes walk away from the main street in Carlow town.’
    • ‘The town of Enniscrone has declared that the main street is now a litter free zone.’
    1. 1.1US Used in reference to the materialism, mediocrity, or parochialism regarded as typical of small-town life.
      ‘If you don't get banks to lend again, Main Street is going to be in very big trouble’


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