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"Main Street" in American English

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Main Streetnoun [U]

 us   /ˈmeɪn ˌstrit/
the street in a ​town with the most ​importantstores and ​businesses
People often use Main Street to ​talk about ​averageAmericans and the most ​typical things about American ​life: a Main Street ​jobsprogram
(Definition of Main Street from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"main street" in British English

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main streetnoun

uk   /ˌmeɪn ˈstriːt/  us   /ˌmeɪn ˈstriːt/ US
[C] a ​street where the most ​importantstores and ​businesses in a ​town are
Main Street
[U] a way of ​talking about about ​average Americans and the most ​typical things about American ​life : a Main Street ​jobsprogram
(Definition of main street from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Main Street" in Business English

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Main Streetnoun

uk   us   US COMMERCE
[C] (also main street, UK high street) the street in a town where the most important ​stores and ​businesses are: His ​store is on Main Street. Main Street ​businesses/​stores
[U] smallbusinesses, considered as a ​group, especially when compared to larger, more powerful ​companies or ​organizations: Our Main Street ​economy is now having to ​compete with China.
(Definition of Main Street from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “main street”
in Arabic الشارِع الرئيسي…
in Korean 주요 도로…
in Portuguese rua/avenida principal…
in Catalan carrer gran/major…
in Japanese (町の)本通り…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大街,商业街…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大街,商業街…
in Italian via principale al centro di una città con negozi, ecc.…
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