Definition of “street” - English Dictionary

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“street” in British English

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streetnoun [ C ]

uk /striːt/ us /striːt/

A1 a road in a city or town that has buildings that are usually close together along one or both sides:

The streets were strewn with rubbish after the parade.
a street map
Our daughter lives just across the street from us.
Diane's house is in/on Cherry Street.
Men whistle at us when we're just walking down the street.
Make sure you look both ways when you cross the street.
The town's streets were deserted by dusk.
At five in the morning, there were still crowds of people roaming the streets.
I bought these sunglasses from a street vendor in Florence.
take to the streets

When people take to the streets, they express their opposition to something in public and often violently:

Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against the military coup.

More examples

  • The street was familiar to me.
  • They live at the bottom of our street .
  • I live in dread of bumping into her in the street.
  • I can't go down that street - there's a 'No entry' sign.
  • Her handbag was snatched from her in the street.

(Definition of “street” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“street” in American English

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streetnoun [ C ]

us /strit/

a road in a city or town, usually with buildings along one or both sides:

Our daughter lives across the street from us.
Look both ways when you cross the street.

A street sometimes means a road and the sidewalks (= paths) along it:

The streets were full of people.
A group of laughing children ran down the street.

(Definition of “street” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“the Street” in Business English

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the Streetnoun [ S ]

uk us informal FINANCE, STOCK MARKET

used to refer to Wall Street :

The company has missed its profit forecasts and disappointed the Street a number of times.

(Definition of “the Street” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)