a street



  • A paved part of road, usually in a village or a town.
  • A road as above but including the sidewalks (pavements) and buildings.
  • The people who live in such a road, as a neighborhood.
  • The people who spend a great deal of time on the street in urban areas, especially, the young, the poor, the unemployed, and those engaged in illegal activities.
  • An illicit or contraband source, especially of drugs.
  • Streetwise slang.
  • A great distance.
  • Each of the three opportunities that players have to bet, after the flop, turn and river.
  • Living in the streets.
  • By restriction, the streets that run perpendicular to avenues.
  • A style of skateboarding featuring typically urban obstacles



  • To build or equip with streets.
  • To eject; to throw onto the streets.
  • To heavily defeat.
  • To go on sale.
  • To proselytize in public.


Narrower meaning words


  • From Middle English streete, strete, stret, strate, from Old English strǣt, strǣt, from Proto-West Germanic *strātu, an early borrowing from Late Latin (via) strāta, from Latin strātus, past participle of sternō, from Proto-Indo-European *sterh₃- ("to stretch out, extend, spread"). Cognate with Scots stret, strete, streit, Saterland Frisian Sträite ("street"), West Frisian strjitte ("street"), Dutch straat ("street"), German Low German Straat ("street"), German Straße ("street"), Swedish stråt ("way, path"), Icelandic stræti ("street") (Scandinavian forms are borrowed from Old English), Portuguese estrada, Italian strada. Related to Old English strēowian, strewian. More at strew.
  • The vowel shifted from in Latin to in Old English (Anglo-Frisian brightening), in Middle English, in Early Modern English, and finally in Modern English (the Great Vowel Shift).

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