main street


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


  1. a novel (1920) by Sinclair Lewis.

noun mainly US and Canadian

  1. the most prominent street of a town, usually where the principal shops and businesses are situated
  2. ordinary people in general

n.“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).

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