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[thur-oh-fair, -uh-fair, thuhr-] /ˈθɜr oʊˌfɛər, -əˌfɛər, ˈθʌr-/
a road, street, or the like, that leads at each end into another street.
a major road or highway.
a passage or way through:
no thoroughfare.
a strait, river, or the like, affording passage.
Origin of thoroughfare
1350-1400; Middle English thurghfare. See thorough, fare Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the gates of the thoroughfare across the line were closed.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • The path was wider and more worn now--almost a thoroughfare, in fact.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He hailed a cab at the first thoroughfare he came to and was soon once more at the hotel.

  • Quickly her glance returned to his face; his gaze was bent down the thoroughfare.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • The thoroughfare, in this part, was like a walled canon of brown stone and dark red brick.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Hitch Pegasus to a family cart and he can't go off the thoroughfare.

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
  • Peter could divine by the crinkle of his nerves the very loci of the girl as she passed down the thoroughfare.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for thoroughfare


a road from one place to another, esp a main road
way through or access: no thoroughfare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thoroughfare

late 14c., "passage or way through," from thorough + fare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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