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Sorely distressed, he walked back to his lodgings in Thirty-second Street.

“I would not be seen in the street with that scarecrow,” murmured Giles.

At Thirty-second Street he ran into Burman, with whom he had all but cornered wheat.

I did hear, too, that she takes a flyer in the Street now and then.

Mrs. Bines had never seen so many children as flooded this street.

And then by a street sign she saw that she was near the home of Philippe.

He accepted Percival's invitation that afternoon to go down into the Street with him.

After some months, he met Mrs. Rushton in the street one day.

What harm can that swearing coachman do, I should like to know, in the street yonder?

Omar Ben Sufi sat down in the middle of the street, and wondered.


Old English stret (Mercian, Kentish), stræt (West Saxon) "street, high road," an early West Germanic borrowing from Late Latin strata, used elliptically for via strata "paved road," from fem. past participle of Latin sternere "lay down, spread out, pave," from PIE *stre-to- "to stretch, extend," from root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)). The Latin is also the source of Spanish estrada, Old French estrée, Italian strada.

"The normal term in OE for a paved way or Roman road, later extended to other roads, urban streets, and in SE dialects to a street of dwellings, a straggling village or hamlet" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]. Originally of Roman roads (e.g. Watling Street, Icknield Street). "In the Middle Ages, a road or way was merely a direction in which people rode or went, the name street being reserved for the made road." [Weekley] Used since c.1400 to mean "the people in the street;" modern sense of "the realm of the people as the source of political support" dates from 1931. Man in the street "ordinary person, non-expert" is attested from 1831. Street people "the homeless" is from 1967; street smarts is from 1972; street-credibility is from 1979.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.