Define: Wall Street

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Definition: Wall Street



What is the dictionary definition of Wall Street?

Dictionary Definition


  1. The New York Stock Exchange, situated at Wall Street in New York
  2. A term used for the collective of financial institutions in New York, including the stock exchanges, banks, commodity markets, money markets, etc.

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Full Definition of Wall Street


Wall Street is a street in downtown New York City where the U.S. securities industry began. Wall Street is thus used as a synonym for various entities and aspects of the U.S. financial sector. A newspaper headline that reads “Wall Street Down on Interest Rate Hike” probably means stock prices fell on the announcement of higher rates. “Wall Street Likes Tax-Cut Plan” probably means that traders, stock analysts, investment bankers, etc. approve of the new proposals. “Wall Street Says Yea, Main Street Nay, to Tax Plan” means that the financial community – and possibly big corporations — favour the plan, but small business people in local communities are against it. On the other hand, “Wall Street Gains on Frankfurt’s Woes” likely means that problems in Germany’s financial industry have been good for the U.S. financial sector. Interestingly, most if not all of the major securities firms no longer have their headquarters on Wall Street, even if most still have offices in the Wall Street vicinity. Nevertheless, Wall Street remains, at least metaphorically, the centre of the U.S. financial community.


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Synonyms For Wall Street


stock exchange, exchange, wall streeters, stock market


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Wall Street are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 29th January 2019.