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Etymology

Old English stræt (paved road, Roman road), from West Germanic, from Late Latin strata, used as a short form of via strata (paved road). The West Germanic form also gave Dutch straat, German Straße (Scandinavian forms are borrowed from Old English); cognates from Latin include Portuguese estrada, Italian strada.

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Noun

Singular
street

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  1. A paved part of road, usually in a village or a town.
  2. A road as above but including the sidewalks (pavements) and buildings.
  3. The people who live in such a road, as a neighborhood.
  4. 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.

Usage notes

  • (paved part of road): (Regional) The term street is used with the preposition in. Something is in the street, but on the road. To "be on the street" means to be living an insecure life, often one associated with homelessness or crime. To "hear something on the street" means to learn about something through rumor.

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