Etymology: Middle English strete, from Old English strǣt, from Late Latin strata paved road, from Latin, feminine of stratus, past participle — more at stratum
Date: before 12th century
a. a thoroughfare especially in a city, town, or village that is wider than an alley or lane and that usually includes sidewalks
b. the part of a street reserved for vehicles
c. a thoroughfare with abutting property <lives on a fashionable street> 2. the people occupying property on a street <the whole street knew about the accident> 3. a promising line of development or a channeling of effort <a crafty politician working both sides of the street> <success through compromise is a two-way street> 4. capitalized a. a district (as Wall Street or Fleet Street) identified with a particular profession b. the people who work in such a district <doing better than the Street expected> 5. an environment (as in a depressed neighborhood or section of a city) of poverty, dereliction, or crime <grew up on the mean streets> II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of or relating to the streets: as a. adjoining or giving access to a street <the street door> b. carried on or taking place in the street <street fighting> c. living or working on the streets <a street peddler> <street people> d. located in, used for, or serving as a guide to the streets <a street map> e. performing in or heard on the street <a street band> f. (1) suitable for wear or use on the street <street clothes> (2) not touching the ground — used of a woman's dress in lengths reaching the knee, calf, or ankle g. of, relating to, or characteristic of the street environment <street drugs> <used…his new street cred to develop contacts — Dale Keiger> 2. retail <the street price>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.