Typical service street ("mews") in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. Mews are typically found at the back of older housing terraces (rows of townhouses) in the UK, with a more elegant street in front of the terrace.

A street is a public thoroughfare in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt, but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as tarmac, concrete, cobblestone or brick. Portions may also be smoothed with asphalt, embedded with rails, or otherwise prepared to accommodate non-pedestrian traffic.

Originally, the word street simply meant a paved road (Latin: via strata). The word street is still sometimes used informally as a synonym for road, for example in connection with the ancient Watling Street, but city residents and urban planners draw a crucial modern distinction: a road's main function is transportation, while streets facilitate public interaction.[1] Examples of streets include pedestrian streets, alleys, and city-centre streets too crowded for road vehicles to pass. Conversely, highways and motorways are types of roads, but few would refer to them as streets.[2][3]


A city-centre street in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Porta Rosa was the main street of Elea, connecting the northern quarter with the southern quarter. The street is 5 meters wide and has an incline of 18 % in the steepest part. It is paved with limestone blocks, griders cut in square blocks, and on one side a small gutter for the drainage of rain water. The building is dated during the time of the reorganization of the city during the Hellenistic age (4th–3rd centuries BC).

The word street has its origins in the Latin strata (meaning "paved road" - abbreviation from via strata[4]); it is thus related to stratum and stratification. The first recorded use of word stratæ referring to the road has been made by the Eutropius.[5] Ancient Greek stratos means army: Greeks originally built roads to move their armies. Old English applied the word to Roman roads in Britain such as Ermine Street, Watling Street, etc. Later it acquired a dialectical meaning of "straggling village", which were often laid out on the verges of Roman roads and these settlements often became named Stretton. In the Middle Ages, a road was a way people travelled, with street applied specifically to paved ways.[6]

Other Languages
Ænglisc: Strǣt
العربية: شارع
aragonés: Carrera
asturianu: Cai
azərbaycanca: Küçə
تۆرکجه: خیاوان (یول)
беларуская: Вуліца
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Вуліца
български: Улица
Boarisch: Innaortsstroß
català: Carrer
čeština: Ulice
Cymraeg: Stryd
dansk: Gade
eesti: Tänav
español: Calle
Esperanto: Strato
euskara: Kale
فارسی: خیابان
français: Rue
Gaeilge: Sráid
Gaelg: Straid
galego: Rúa
한국어: 길거리
हिन्दी: मार्ग
hrvatski: Ulica
Ido: Strado
íslenska: Gata
italiano: Strada urbana
עברית: רחוב
қазақша: Көше
коми: Улича
Kreyòl ayisyen: Ri (non)
latviešu: Iela
Lëtzebuergesch: Strooss
lietuvių: Gatvė
Limburgs: Straot
lingála: Balabála
magyar: Utca
македонски: Улица
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Gă̤ (diô)
日本語: ストリート
нохчийн: Урам
norsk: Gate
norsk nynorsk: Gate
occitan: Carrièra
Plattdüütsch: Straat
polski: Ulica
português: Rua
Ripoarisch: Stroß
română: Stradă
русский: Улица
Scots: Street
Simple English: Street
سنڌي: گھٽي
slovenčina: Ulica
slovenščina: Ulica
српски / srpski: Улица
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Ulica
suomi: Katu
svenska: Gata
Taqbaylit: Aɣlad
తెలుగు: వీధి
тоҷикӣ: Кӯча
Türkçe: Sokak
українська: Вулиця
Tiếng Việt: Đường phố
吴语: 街道
ייִדיש: גאס
žemaitėška: Ūlīčė
中文: 街道