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main street

the principal thoroughfare, especially through the business district, in a small town.
(initial capital letters) the outlook, environment, or life of a small town.
Origin of main street

Main Street

a novel (1920) by Sinclair Lewis. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The streets were a confusion of many colors, and eager faces filled every window opening on main street or the Square.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • I had remarked her on the main street before I knew her identity.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He drove to main street first and tied his horse before the grocery that received his infrequent patronage.

    The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler
  • The main street lot's a good one, and my house'll look good on it.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Was it possible the cute little girls, so well known by sight on main street going from shop to shop, were secretly scandalous?

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
British Dictionary definitions for main street

Main Street

noun (mainly US & Canadian)
the most prominent street of a town, usually where the principal shops and businesses are situated
ordinary people in general
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for main street

Main Street


"principal street of a (U.S.) town," 1810. Used allusively to indicate "mediocrity, small-town materialism" from late 19c., especially since publication of Sinclair Lewis's novel "Main Street" (1920).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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