English - Alternative Forms
English - Etymology
Middle English thurghfare, corresponding to through + fare. Compare Old English þurhfaran (“to go through, go over, traverse, pierce, pass through, pass beyond, transcend, penetrate”). Compare also Old English þurhfær (“inner secret place”), German Durchfahrt (“passage through, thoroughfare”).
English - Noun
(now rare except in phrases) A passage; a way
- 1961, Frederic Morton, The Rothschilds, p. 173:
- 1974, John Le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:
A road open at both ends or connecting one area with another; a highway or main street.
1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge:
- a dozen houses were quickly blazing, including those of Sir John Fielding and two other justices, and four in Holborn – one of the greatest thoroughfares in London – which were all burning at the same time, and burned until they went out of themselves, for the people cut the engine hose, and would not suffer the firemen to play upon the flames.
- 2011, Stephen Phelan, The Guardian, 1 Jul 2011:
- 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge:
- (obsolete) The act of going through; passage; travel, transit.
- An unobstructed waterway allowing passage for ships.