Definitions for main street

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

main′ street`(n.)

  1. the principal thoroughfare in a small town.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. (caps.) the outlook, environment, or life of a small town.

Origin of main street:

1735–45

main•streetˈmeɪnˌstrit(v.i.)

  1. Canadian.to campaign in an election by meeting the public along the main streets of towns and cities.

    Category: Canada/Canadian

Origin of mainstreet:

1955–60

main′street`er

Princeton's WordNet

  1. main street, high street(noun)

    street that serves as a principal thoroughfare for traffic in a town

  2. Main Street(noun)

    any small town (or the people who inhabit it); generally used to represent parochialism and materialism (after a novel by Sinclair Lewis)

    "Main Street will never vote for a liberal politician"

Wiktionary

  1. Main Street(ProperNoun)

    the generic street name (and often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in the United States, Canada, Ireland, some parts of Scotland and also in some countries in central Europe.

  2. Main Street(ProperNoun)

    the interests of everyday working-class people and small business owners.

Freebase

  1. Main Street

    Main Street is the metonym for a generic street name of the primary retail street of a village, town or small city in many parts of the world. It is usually a focal point for shops and retailers in the central business district, and is most often used in reference to retailing and socializing. The term is commonly used in Scotland and the United States, and less often in Canada, Australia and Ireland. In most of the United Kingdom the common description is High Street. In Jamaica the term is Front Street. In some parts of the south west of England the equivalent used is Fore Street. In some larger cities, there may be several Main Streets, each relating to a specific neighborhood or formerly separate city, rather than the city as a whole. In many larger U.S. cities "Main Street" is a U.S. Highway; "Main Street of America" branding was used to promote U.S. Route 66 in its heyday.

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