Definition of street in English:



  • 1A public road in a city, town, or village, typically with houses and buildings on one or both sides.

    ‘the narrow, winding streets of Edinburgh’
    [in place names] ‘45 Lake Street’
    • ‘There is a chase through the streets of the city that will blow what remains of your mind.’
    • ‘The streets of the cities and the roads of the country as a whole are dominated by workers and the poor.’
    • ‘Does the county council care nothing for our freedom to use the streets of our town?’
    • ‘He said extra police would be on the town's streets while the crime is investigated.’
    • ‘We shall also be holding a public march through the streets of York in the next few weeks.’
    • ‘Mr Ellis said he hoped to set up a patrol group to watch over the village streets.’
    • ‘It tends to focus on the city centre, with its wide streets and huge civic buildings.’
    • ‘It will be the first time that many streets in the town will have received this type of service.’
    • ‘It should make it possible for commuters to be able to talk and text beneath the city streets.’
    • ‘It might take the form of a large open space, or be held along one or more streets of the town.’
    • ‘You will find them in every hostel and roaming the streets of our major cities and towns.’
    • ‘He had had to make a conscious effort to learn the streets and roads in the city.’
    • ‘The amount of chewing gum stuck on roads and streets around the country drives me up the wall.’
    • ‘He was caught behind the wheel of a stolen car after a chase through the city's streets.’
    • ‘The number of coffee shops in our city streets has multiplied in the last few years.’
    • ‘She was the second vice girl to be killed on the town's streets in less than six months.’
    • ‘Groups of youths roam the streets at night but there are not enough police to keep an eye on the place.’
    • ‘He steps outside and heads into town and the streets are awash with frustrated fans.’
    • ‘It has become impossible to pass through streets and roads at night because of dogs.’
    • ‘Do you know how hard it is to walk through the shattered streets of my city and see how hard it fell?’
    road, thoroughfare, way
    avenue, drive, row, crescent, terrace, close, parade
    side street, side road, lane, alley
    highway, strip, blacktop
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    1. 1.1US Wall Street.
    2. 1.2The roads or public areas of a city or town.
      ‘every week, fans stop me in the street’
      • ‘Besides the stalls, the streets are lined with every kind of shop you could imagine.’
      • ‘The sky is grey and unemployment is high, and the streets are awash with plastic bags.’
      • ‘The morning of our High Court appearance a huge crowd of students held up the streets.’
      • ‘My visit to the city was marred by all the British stag and hen parties clogging up the streets.’
      • ‘The streets of Colchester will be treated to a flavour of the continent from tonight.’
      • ‘The other morning on my way to work there was a sight up to now rare on the Sofia streets.’
      • ‘They try their best to catch out the people who do not clean up after their pets and blight the streets.’
      • ‘Children will be given the chance to use the climbing wall in an effort to get them off the streets.’
      • ‘If an animal bites or is vicious it is put to sleep so why let any convicted murderer roam our streets?’
      • ‘I was living on one meal for two days and I roamed the streets in search of wretched work.’
      • ‘I walk round this town a lot and despair when I see the state of the streets and pavements.’
      • ‘Forty years ago it was rare to see young girls drunk in the streets; now it is common.’
      • ‘The area tends to be quite clean and we have people once a week picking up the rubbish off of the streets.’
      • ‘Smokers are being pushed out onto the streets as the vast majority cannot smoke at work.’
      • ‘The three of them rushed out onto the streets and told the grand news to anyone that they passed.’
      • ‘The accepted truth is to say that if it hadn't there would have been a bloodbath in the streets.’
      • ‘Garbage piled up in the streets and the place became a byword for dirt and danger.’
      • ‘We should all have pride in our city, an important aspect of which is clean streets.’
      • ‘I want to reclaim the streets for the young and the old and for all the decent people of Britain.’
      • ‘The havoc which was wrought by these youths on American streets is all too obvious.’
    3. 1.3[as modifier]Denoting someone who is homeless.
      ‘the street kids of the city’
      • ‘He also says the new generation of street kid is less violent and more likely to squeegee and do break-and-entries for money.’
      • ‘They point to the dwindling numbers of street kids and handicapped persons who make a living by peddling lotteries.’
      • ‘Compare that with the likes of the block and street people of today who induce school children into all kinds and forms of criminal activity.’
      • ‘The perception that many people have of street beggars and the homeless is that they are a bunch of alcoholics or drug addicts.’
      • ‘Some street person wearing his t-shirt back-to-front and inside out with the tag showing comes up asking for change.’
      • ‘He had long hair, wild eyes and the look of a street kid.’
      • ‘About a quarter of our clients are homeless street kids, but the rest live and work in Hollywood.’
      • ‘IT is encouraging to see efforts being made either to rehabilitate runaway children, also called street kids.’
      • ‘Roaming bands of homeless street children engaged in petty crime are now common in Argentine cities.’
      • ‘We met for the first time in Zimbabwe, where I was working among AIDS-infected people and street children.’
      • ‘Some of these street people tell me they have been homeless for years.’
      • ‘There, he worked with street kids and people with dependency and other problems, and helped to set up a user-run food bank.’
      • ‘Ban unroadworthy vehicles, set up a fund to provide food and shelter for the street children and homeless, and ban litter!’
      • ‘Concerns have been raised that unless something is done quickly, the problem of street kids will be too heavy to handle for the nation.’
      • ‘This scenario led to the problem of homeless children commonly known as street kids.’
      • ‘The attacks are a reminder that if left uncontrolled, street kids could grow not only into robbers but also purveyors of terror.’
      • ‘It captures city life with a deliberately gritty touch, showing the lives of street vendors, street kids, and farmers.’
      • ‘I've been involved in ministry to street people in different ways for many years.’
      • ‘The western block was home to street kids, the middle to older homeless men, and the east was a cruising ground for male prostitutes.’
      • ‘He spoke to me as a homeless street kid, and he continues to do so.’
  • 2[as modifier] Relating to the outlook, values, or lifestyle of those young people who are perceived as composing a fashionable urban subculture.

    ‘London street style’
    • ‘But they don't exist as far as popular black street culture or white liberals are concerned.’
    • ‘When you go to music industry events, you find people who say they want to represent this urban music, this street thing.’
    • ‘It's Chopper Bicycles, the naff 1970's street culture mean machines.’
    • ‘Take trainers - long the touchstone in an ever-shifting street culture.’
    • ‘Now the hip-hop, street style clothes are in, only a few specialty stores will still carry what you want.’
    • ‘The music we were playing was aspirational, not kiddie pop, not cheesy Euro-dance, but based more on street culture.’
    • ‘New York was totally hip hop-driven, dominated by street culture and breakdancing.’
    • ‘Those wanting to tap into street culture should look no further than this magazine.’
    • ‘He saw how cinema, music and street style were indivisible.’
    • ‘Besides, the joke, to many, seemed more at the expense of his middle-class white victims than black street culture.’
    • ‘Not being deeply immersed in street culture, I don't know how widespread it is.’
    • ‘The leaders' language is hate, violence and propaganda; street culture is violence and hate.’
    • ‘More than just something to put on your feet, sneakers have been part of street culture, sports and fashion for decades.’
    • ‘In too many comprehensives street culture is in the playground and the classroom - to the detriment of the children's education.’
    • ‘His car looked out of place and his use of urban street lingo was confusing.’
    • ‘The subject is not identified, except by street culture icons, such as his bike and leathers.’
    • ‘The emphasis is on street style, toys, graphics, music and clothing.’
    • ‘The students drew inspiration from the high street, sport, film and street culture to produce their collections.’
    • ‘Indulge in a celebration of 80s New York street style.’
    • ‘Even baseball has been translated into an urban street sport with stickball.’


  • not in the same street

    • informal Far inferior in terms of ability.

      • ‘The carriers were not in the same street as tanks, but they were fast and well armed and the crews well trained.’
      • ‘I think this one came out first, but they were not in the same street as our Italian machine.’
      • ‘This production made an enjoyable evening, but not in the same street with the other: this seasoned bunch can always be relied on for smart, colourful productions.’
      • ‘But overnight, it opened for viewing in something called Picture Viewer which is not in the same street as Irfanview.’
  • on the streets

    • 1Homeless.

      ‘the number of people who are out on the streets is lower than twelve months ago’
      • ‘If you are at least a caring parent you are not going to throw her out on the streets.’
      • ‘If he is forced to live rough on the streets he will probably need to be hospitalized.’
      • ‘I have seen our lost generation of young people, in hostels for the homeless or out on the streets.’
      • ‘It's not the people's fault that they have no homes or jobs and are living on the streets.’
      • ‘You will have a place of your own, so that you don't have to hang around on the streets.’
      • ‘The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Bedford has risen in the last year.’
      • ‘In some cases, they would rather face life on the streets than life with their homophobic parents.’
      • ‘Others have been living on the streets for some time, working as shoe shiners, selling or begging.’
      • ‘It's real hard not to feel sorry for people who have no homes and sleep on the streets.’
      • ‘A homeless woman is back on the streets again after being evicted from a telephone box.’
      homeless, living rough, sleeping rough, without a roof over one's head, of no fixed abode, down and out, vagrant
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    • 2Working as a prostitute.

      ‘there are fewer girls on the streets these days, so prices have risen’
      • ‘Solving the problems which force them to seek a living on the streets is a complicated business.’
      • ‘A world where young women do not need to sell themselves on the streets is a noble ideal.’
      • ‘Many of the girls on the streets are drug addicts who do it to pay for the drugs.’
      • ‘I was homeless, working as a prostitute on the streets of the red light area of Leeds.’
      • ‘Many of the other girls on the streets would go to her when they needed physical protection.’
      • ‘The prostitutes no longer have a reason to be on the streets so it would be an offence which would be policed strongly.’
      • ‘There would be a lot less prostitutes on the streets where anything can happen to them.’
      working as a prostitute, involved in prostitution, whoring, prostituting oneself, selling oneself, selling one's body, walking the streets, practising the oldest profession, working in the sex industry
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  • streets ahead

    • informal Greatly superior.

      ‘the restaurant is streets ahead of its local rivals’
      • ‘But the city remains streets ahead of London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and ‘posh’ southern towns like Windsor and Bath.’
      • ‘Significantly, the president's personal popularity ratings are high at about 35% - streets ahead of anybody else.’
      • ‘He is streets ahead of anyone else, and Ian McGeechan could not lace Jim Renwick's boots as far as I am concerned.’
      • ‘With Roger Federer head and shoulders above everyone at the very top, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Safin are streets ahead of the rest.’
      • ‘As a football team we were streets ahead of them, but they got a penalty and a breakaway goal.’
      • ‘‘French is streets ahead of everything,’ said Debson.’
      • ‘‘The cars were streets ahead of their time,’ said Mr Joseland.’
      • ‘‘Bacup have demonstrated that they are streets ahead of the rest,’ said Rothwell.’
      • ‘Our labour market polices are streets ahead of Europe.’
      • ‘Mowbray agreed: ‘Their goalkeeper was streets ahead of every one of their players which shows justice was done in the end.’’
      superior, finer, of higher quality, greater, in a different class, one step ahead
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Old English strǣt, of West Germanic origin, from late Latin strāta (via) paved (way), feminine past participle of sternere lay down.