Where does the word “Thoroughfare” come from and What does Thoroughfare mean?

Strange that New York thought it had to create a new word for its cross-state toll road, the Throughway.

Beyond the temporary distinction of application to that one highway, there is nothing in the word that does not already exist in the long-established, six hundred years, word thoroughfare.

Thorough is the ancient spelling of through; fare, now used chiefly for “passage money,” formerly meant “passage, way.”

where does the word thoroughfare come from and what does thoroughfare mean

And thoroughfare has long indicated a “through way between places.”

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