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storefront

[stawr-fruhnt, stohr-] /ˈstɔrˌfrʌnt, ˈstoʊr-/
noun
1.
the side of a store facing a street, usually containing display windows.
2.
a store or other establishment that has frontage on a street or thoroughfare:
After the fire the family took shelter temporarily in an abandoned storefront.
adjective
3.
of or relating to the frontage of a store, especially the display windows:
a storefront sign.
4.
located or operating in a storelike area, room, or set of rooms fronting on a street:
a storefront community center.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; store + front
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Examples from the web for storefront
  • The store never had a storefront, but now has a display room.
  • Two polyester-clad cronies kibitz while mannequins gyrate in a storefront window in the background.
  • He set up a makeshift studio in an empty storefront across the street from where he lived.
  • Peering into a storefront, he was surprised to hear automobiles collide behind him.
  • All this was happening against the backdrop of a storefront underwear display featuring a lacy red teddy.
  • But the company is hoping to set its storefront apart with the availability of more productivity and business-focused software.
  • The transformation from storefront to platform happened by evolution rather than design.
  • But it's not a tiny, one-storefront business either.
  • The aluminum storefront framing system evaluated in this report is an impact resistant storefront framing system.
Word Origin and History for storefront

1880 (n.); 1938 (adj.), from store (n.) + front.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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