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Wall Street

a street in New York City, in S Manhattan: the major financial center of the U.S.
the money market or the financiers of the U.S.
Origin of Wall Street
1820-30, Americanism for def 2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dr. Ferris and a wall-street broker cosily persuaded the judge in my presence, "to make me comfortable!"

    Letters of a Lunatic George J. Adler
  • Among them I saw a face or two quite familiar in wall-street.

    Letters of a Traveller William Cullen Bryant
  • The old man stared at his daughter, with an expression that had made many a wall-street financier turn pale with apprehension.

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • The moral ideas that he had brought from Down East, were just as dashing as his wall-street corners.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
  • It partook of wall-street brevity, which is thought to be necessary in the rush of a midday snack or meal.

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
  • Two or three faces resemble those one often sees in wall-street, or on Change, in Boston.

    The South-West Jonathon Holt Ingraham
  • In Broadway and wall-street, trees are planted along the side of the pavement.

  • No form should deceive him, not even if it condescended, in its new shape, to issue from wall-street instead of Chestnut!

  • Messenger boys drop in and out, and a telephone connects with the office of a prominent wall-street brokerage firm.

British Dictionary definitions for wall-street

Wall Street

a street in lower Manhattan, New York, where the Stock Exchange and major banks are situated, regarded as the embodiment of American finance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wall-street

Wall Street


"U.S. financial world," 1836, from street in New York City that is home to many investment firms and stock traders, as well as NYSE. The street so called because it ran along the interior of the defensive wall of the old Dutch colonial town.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wall-street in Culture

Wall Street definition

A street in New York City on which the New York Stock Exchange and many investment firms are located. The street's name is often used in reference to the activities conducted on it: “Stock prices fell on Wall Street.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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