Definition of street in US English:

street

noun

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

    ‘the narrow, winding streets of Greenwich Village’
    in place names ‘45 Lake Street’
    • ‘He said extra police would be on the town's streets while the crime is investigated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will find them in every hostel and roaming the streets of our major cities and towns.’
    • ‘There is a chase through the streets of the city that will blow what remains of your mind.’
    • ‘Mr Ellis said he hoped to set up a patrol group to watch over the village streets.’
    • ‘Groups of youths roam the streets at night but there are not enough police to keep an eye on the place.’
    • ‘We shall also be holding a public march through the streets of York in the next few weeks.’
    • ‘He steps outside and heads into town and the streets are awash with frustrated fans.’
    • ‘It will be the first time that many streets in the town will have received this type of service.’
    • ‘She was the second vice girl to be killed on the town's streets in less than six months.’
    • ‘It tends to focus on the city centre, with its wide streets and huge civic buildings.’
    • ‘The streets of the cities and the roads of the country as a whole are dominated by workers and the poor.’
    • ‘It has become impossible to pass through streets and roads at night because of dogs.’
    • ‘Does the county council care nothing for our freedom to use the streets of our town?’
    • ‘Do you know how hard it is to walk through the shattered streets of my city and see how hard it fell?’
    • ‘It might take the form of a large open space, or be held along one or more streets of the town.’
    • ‘It should make it possible for commuters to be able to talk and text beneath the city streets.’
    road, thoroughfare, way
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    1. 1.1the streetUS Used to refer to the financial markets and activities on Wall Street.
      • ‘Everybody on Wall Street knows that this firm does by far the best equity research on the Street.’
      • ‘Vilify the Street all you want but the fact remains that the top 10% of income earners provide over 70% of the U.S. Government Tax Revenue.’
    2. 1.2the street/streets The roads or public areas of a city or town.
      ‘every week, fans stop me in the street’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The other morning on my way to work there was a sight up to now rare on the Sofia streets.’
      • ‘Smokers are being pushed out onto the streets as the vast majority cannot smoke at work.’
      • ‘Forty years ago it was rare to see young girls drunk in the streets; now it is common.’
      • ‘The morning of our High Court appearance a huge crowd of students held up the streets.’
      • ‘The three of them rushed out onto the streets and told the grand news to anyone that they passed.’
      • ‘If an animal bites or is vicious it is put to sleep so why let any convicted murderer roam our streets?’
      • ‘My visit to the city was marred by all the British stag and hen parties clogging up the streets.’
      • ‘Garbage piled up in the streets and the place became a byword for dirt and danger.’
      • ‘The streets of Colchester will be treated to a flavour of the continent from tonight.’
      • ‘The havoc which was wrought by these youths on American streets is all too obvious.’
      • ‘They try their best to catch out the people who do not clean up after their pets and blight the streets.’
      • ‘The sky is grey and unemployment is high, and the streets are awash with plastic bags.’
      • ‘I want to reclaim the streets for the young and the old and for all the decent people of Britain.’
      • ‘The area tends to be quite clean and we have people once a week picking up the rubbish off of the streets.’
      • ‘Children will be given the chance to use the climbing wall in an effort to get them off the streets.’
      • ‘We should all have pride in our city, an important aspect of which is clean streets.’
      • ‘Besides the stalls, the streets are lined with every kind of shop you could imagine.’
      • ‘The accepted truth is to say that if it hadn't there would have been a bloodbath in the streets.’
    3. 1.3as modifier Relating to the outlook, values, or lifestyle of those young people who are perceived as composing a fashionable urban subculture.
      ‘New York City street culture’
      • ‘Now the hip-hop, street style clothes are in, only a few specialty stores will still carry what you want.’
      • ‘Even baseball has been translated into an urban street sport with stickball.’
      • ‘The music we were playing was aspirational, not kiddie pop, not cheesy Euro-dance, but based more on street culture.’
      • ‘In too many comprehensives street culture is in the playground and the classroom - to the detriment of the children's education.’
      • ‘The students drew inspiration from the high street, sport, film and street culture to produce their collections.’
      • ‘The emphasis is on street style, toys, graphics, music and clothing.’
      • ‘Take trainers - long the touchstone in an ever-shifting street culture.’
      • ‘New York was totally hip hop-driven, dominated by street culture and breakdancing.’
      • ‘More than just something to put on your feet, sneakers have been part of street culture, sports and fashion for decades.’
      • ‘His car looked out of place and his use of urban street lingo was confusing.’
      • ‘It's Chopper Bicycles, the naff 1970's street culture mean machines.’
      • ‘Indulge in a celebration of 80s New York street style.’
      • ‘But they don't exist as far as popular black street culture or white liberals are concerned.’
      • ‘The subject is not identified, except by street culture icons, such as his bike and leathers.’
      • ‘The leaders' language is hate, violence and propaganda; street culture is violence and hate.’
      • ‘He saw how cinema, music and street style were indivisible.’
      • ‘Those wanting to tap into street culture should look no further than this magazine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When you go to music industry events, you find people who say they want to represent this urban music, this street thing.’
    4. 1.4as modifier Denoting someone who is homeless.
      ‘he ministered to street people in storefront missions’
      • ‘The perception that many people have of street beggars and the homeless is that they are a bunch of alcoholics or drug addicts.’
      • ‘He had long hair, wild eyes and the look of a street kid.’
      • ‘They point to the dwindling numbers of street kids and handicapped persons who make a living by peddling lotteries.’
      • ‘IT is encouraging to see efforts being made either to rehabilitate runaway children, also called street kids.’
      • ‘Ban unroadworthy vehicles, set up a fund to provide food and shelter for the street children and homeless, and ban litter!’
      • ‘He spoke to me as a homeless street kid, and he continues to do so.’
      • ‘He also says the new generation of street kid is less violent and more likely to squeegee and do break-and-entries for money.’
      • ‘We met for the first time in Zimbabwe, where I was working among AIDS-infected people and street children.’
      • ‘Concerns have been raised that unless something is done quickly, the problem of street kids will be too heavy to handle for the nation.’
      • ‘The western block was home to street kids, the middle to older homeless men, and the east was a cruising ground for male prostitutes.’
      • ‘The attacks are a reminder that if left uncontrolled, street kids could grow not only into robbers but also purveyors of terror.’
      • ‘There, he worked with street kids and people with dependency and other problems, and helped to set up a user-run food bank.’
      • ‘It captures city life with a deliberately gritty touch, showing the lives of street vendors, street kids, and farmers.’
      • ‘Some street person wearing his t-shirt back-to-front and inside out with the tag showing comes up asking for change.’
      • ‘Some of these street people tell me they have been homeless for years.’
      • ‘Roaming bands of homeless street children engaged in petty crime are now common in Argentine cities.’
      • ‘I've been involved in ministry to street people in different ways for many years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This scenario led to the problem of homeless children commonly known as street kids.’
      • ‘About a quarter of our clients are homeless street kids, but the rest live and work in Hollywood.’
    5. 1.5as modifier Performing or being performed on the street.
      ‘street theater’
      • ‘The group mixes and layers cultures and styles that range from street dance to martial arts.’
      • ‘This performance fuses R & B and hip-hop with street dance and theatre while embracing issues of youth culture.’
      • ‘Wenner is a performing visual artist who turns the celebratory folk art of street painting into a performance art spectacle.’
      • ‘The dangerous spirit of street performing informs the whole show.’
      • ‘The intimacy and immediacy of street performing comes naturally to the free-spirited songwriter.’
      • ‘It doesn't necessarily mean that you are a big fan of street puppets and culture jamming.’
      • ‘The street carnival will be fashioned, with support from local artists, after carnivals in Latin America.’

Phrases

  • on the streets

    • 1Homeless.

      • ‘It's not the people's fault that they have no homes or jobs and are living on the streets.’
      • ‘Others have been living on the streets for some time, working as shoe shiners, selling or begging.’
      • ‘If you are at least a caring parent you are not going to throw her out on the streets.’
      • ‘In some cases, they would rather face life on the streets than life with their homophobic parents.’
      • ‘It's real hard not to feel sorry for people who have no homes and sleep on the streets.’
      • ‘You will have a place of your own, so that you don't have to hang around on the streets.’
      • ‘A homeless woman is back on the streets again after being evicted from a telephone box.’
      • ‘The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Bedford has risen in the last year.’
      • ‘I have seen our lost generation of young people, in hostels for the homeless or out on the streets.’
      • ‘If he is forced to live rough on the streets he will probably need to be hospitalized.’
      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.

      • ‘Many of the girls on the streets are drug addicts who do it to pay for the drugs.’
      • ‘A world where young women do not need to sell themselves on the streets is a noble ideal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was homeless, working as a prostitute on the streets of the red light area of Leeds.’
      • ‘Solving the problems which force them to seek a living on the streets is a complicated business.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘‘Bacup have demonstrated that they are streets ahead of the rest,’ said Rothwell.’
      • ‘With Roger Federer head and shoulders above everyone at the very top, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Safin are streets ahead of the rest.’
      • ‘Significantly, the president's personal popularity ratings are high at about 35% - streets ahead of anybody else.’
      • ‘Mowbray agreed: ‘Their goalkeeper was streets ahead of every one of their players which shows justice was done in the end.’’
      • ‘He is streets ahead of anyone else, and Ian McGeechan could not lace Jim Renwick's boots as far as I am concerned.’
      • ‘As a football team we were streets ahead of them, but they got a penalty and a breakaway goal.’
      • ‘Our labour market polices are streets ahead of Europe.’
      • ‘‘The cars were streets ahead of their time,’ said Mr Joseland.’
      • ‘‘French is streets ahead of everything,’ said Debson.’
      • ‘But the city remains streets ahead of London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and ‘posh’ southern towns like Windsor and Bath.’
      superior, finer, of higher quality, greater, in a different class, one step ahead
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Origin

Old English strǣt, of West Germanic origin, from late Latin strāta (via) ‘paved (way)’, feminine past participle of sternere ‘lay down’.

Pronunciation

street

/strit//strēt/