As sabi people we decide say today we go sama una some definition of street and that of different street types of why dem dey call some streets/roads avenue, close etc.
A street is a public thoroughfare (usually paved) 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 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 colloquially 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. (

  • Road (Rd.)

The most general category, this is a way that connects two points.

  • Street (St.)

A public way with buildings on both sides. Often, it runs perpendicular to an avenue.

  • Avenue (Ave.)

A public way often in a city, usually with trees or buildings on the side. Frequently, it runs perpendicular to a street.

  • Boulevard (Blvd.)

A large, wide street with trees on both sides. Often, there’s a median with trees.

  • Lane (Ln.)

A narrow road, often in a rural area.

  • Drive (Dr.)

Often taking its contours from the natural environment (like a mountain or lake), it can be a long, winding road.

  • Way (Way)

A small street off a road.

  • Court (Ct.)

Ends in a circle or loop and doesn’t provide a throughway.

  • Plaza (Plz.)

Also called a square, an open public space surrounded by buildings or streets.

  • Terrace (Ter.)

Usually used to describe a street following the top of a slope.

  • Place (Pl.)

A road or street usually has no throughway.

  • Frontage Road (Fr.)

Also known as an access road or service road, it runs parallel to a larger road, providing local access.

  • Highway (Hwy.)

A major public road that usually connects multiple cities.

  • Interstate (I.)

A large, typically federally funded network of roads that are part of a highway system. It may go between states, but it doesn’t have to.

  • Turnpike (Tpke.)

A part of a highway, it is usually a toll road.

  • Freeway (Fwy.)

Part of a highway system, it is a large road with two or more lanes on each side.

  • Parkway (Pkwy.)

A large, decorated public road (named a parkway for the parkland that often appears on the side of the road).

  • Causeway (Cswy.)

A raised road that passes across low or swampy ground or water.

  • Beltway (Bltwy.)

A highway surrounding a city.

  • Crescent (Cres.)

A winding road that resembles a crescent, which may attach to a road at both ends.

  • Alley (Aly.)

A small pathway between buildings, which may or may not be drivable.

  • Esplanade (Esp.)

A long, open path near the ocean, or a road near the ocean. Culled from


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