* (l), (l) (obsolete)
A paved part of road, usually in a village or a town.
A road as above but including the sidewalks (pavements) and buildings.
- Walk down the street .
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.
(slang) Street talk or slang.
* 2008 , Andrew Fleming and Pam Brady, Hamlet 2 , Focus Features
- I live on the street down from Joyce Avenue.
(figuratively) A great distance.
- Toaster is street for guns.
* 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
- He's streets ahead of his sister in all the subjects in school.
(poker slang) Each of the three opportunities that players have to bet, after the flop, turn and river.
Illicit, contraband, especially of a drug
- England were once again static in their few attacks, only Tuilagi's bullocking runs offering any threat, Flood reduced to aiming a long-range drop-goal pit which missed by a street .
- I got some pot cheap on the street .
In the generical sense of "a road", the term is often used interchangeably with road, avenue, and other similar terms.
In the English language, in its narrow usage street specifically means a paved route within a settlement (generally city or town), reflecting the etymology, while a road is a route between two settlements. Further, in many American cities laid out on a grid (notably Manhattan, New York City) streets are contrasted with avenues and run perpendicular to each other, with avenues frequently wider and longer than streets.
In the sense of "a road", the prepositions in and on have distinct meanings when used with street, with "on the street" having idiomatic meaning in some dialects. In general for thoroughfares, "in" means "within the bounds of", while "on" means "on the surface of, especially traveling or lying", used relatively interchangeably ("don’t step in the road without looking", "I met her when walking on the road").
By contrast, "living on the street" means to be living an insecure life, often homeless or a criminal. Further, to "hear something on the street" means to learn through rumor, also phrased as "word on the street is...".
* See also
* back street
* civvy street
* easy street
* from the streets
* high street
* man on the street
* one-way street
* side street
* street address
* street art
* street corner,
* street cred, street credibility
* street drug
* street elbow
* street food
* street furniture
* street hockey
* street map
* street market
* street name
* street racing
* street smarts
* street sweeper
* street team
* street urchin
* take to the streets
* two-way street
* word on the street
* Bay Street
* Downing Street
* Fleet Street
* Harley Street
* Lombard Street
* Main Street
* Queer Street
* Threadneedle Street
* Wall Street
(slang) Having street cred; conforming to modern urban trends.
* 2003 , Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill, James P. Baen, Mad Maudlin
- Eric had to admit that she looked street —upscale street, but still street. Kayla's look tended to change with the seasons; at the moment it was less Goth than paramilitary, with laced jump boots.
(UK, slang, obsolete) A street seller of ballads and other broadsides.
(colloquial) A deceitful, tricky dealer or horse jockey.
The chanter or flute of a bagpipe.
- He was a horse chaunter ; he's a leg now.