Definition of main street in US 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’
    • ‘The town of Enniscrone has declared that the main street is now a litter free zone.’
    • ‘People didn't have watches then and they could see the old clock from any part of the main street of the town.’
    • ‘Now, on leaving my office, I only have a short walk down the main street to reach an underpass into the town centre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dog, nicknamed John, appeared on the grass verge by the side of the road in the main street through the village.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like his characters, he used to wander on the main street in town, with nothing to do.’
    • ‘The tension in the van rose quickly as they approached the main street of the village.’
    • ‘Mr Lanyon said he intends to campaign with public appearances in the main street of local towns.’
    • ‘She pulled him up onto the seat behind her, swerving down over the main street to dodge through the rest of the traffic.’
    • ‘On to Carmel, another morbidly cute seaside town with a manicured main street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems as though she feels it would be such a success, that traffic would be a serious problem in the town main street.’
    • ‘She drove through the main streets of Falton City for half an hour, mumbling randomly about how much she hated rush-hour.’
    • ‘The false fronts along the main street might have stepped out of Disneyworld's Frontierland.’
    • ‘The gate's position at one end of the main street running through the town reflects its importance.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1US Used in reference to the materialism, mediocrity, or parochialism regarded as typical of small-town life.


main street

/ˈmeɪn ˌstrit//ˈmān ˌstrēt/