thoroughfare
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈθʌɹəfɛː/
Noun

thoroughfare (plural thoroughfares)

  1. (now rare except in certain set phrases) A passage; a way through.
  2. A road open at both ends or connecting one area with another; a highway or main street.
    • 2011, Stephen Phelan, The Guardian, 1 Jul 2011:
      Local art is now a viable industry, and hundreds of islanders make a living in it. The thoroughfare of Oneroa village is lined with shops and galleries full of their work.
  3. (obsolete) The act of going through; passage; travel, transit.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X:
      and made one realm, / Hell and this world, one realm, one continent / Of easy thorough-fare.
  4. An unobstructed waterway allowing passage for ships.
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