Definitions for Straitstreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. Often, straits. (used with a sing. v.) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water.

  2. Often, straits. a position of difficulty, distress, or need.

  3. Archaic. a narrow passage or area.

  4. Ref: isthmus.

  5. (adj. Archaic.)narrow.

  6. confined in area.

  7. strict, as in requirements or principles.

Origin of strait:

1150–1200; ME streit < OF estreit < L strictus, ptp. of stringere to bind; cf. strain1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. strait, sound(noun)

    a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water

  2. pass, strait, straits(adj)

    a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

  3. strait(adj)


    "strait is the gate"


  1. strait(Noun)

    A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.

    The Strait of Gibraltar

  2. strait(Noun)

    A difficult position (often used in plural)

    To be in dire straits

  3. strait(Adjective)

    narrow; restricted as to space or room; close

  4. strait(Adjective)

    righteous, strict

    To follow the strait and narrow

  5. Origin: From streit, from estreit (modern form étroit), from strictus, perfect passive participle of stringo. Doublet of strict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strait(adj)

    a variant of Straight

  2. Strait

    narrow; not broad

  3. Strait

    tight; close; closely fitting

  4. Strait

    close; intimate; near; familiar

  5. Strait

    strict; scrupulous; rigorous

  6. Strait

    difficult; distressful; straited

  7. Strait

    parsimonious; niggargly; mean

  8. Strait(adverb)

    strictly; rigorously

  9. Strait(adj)

    a narrow pass or passage

  10. Strait(adj)

    a (comparatively) narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water; -- often in the plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw

  11. Strait(adj)

    a neck of land; an isthmus

  12. Strait(adj)

    fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits

  13. Strait(verb)

    to put to difficulties


  1. Strait

    A strait is a narrow, typically navigable waterway that connects two larger, navigable bodies of water. It most commonly refers to a channel of water that lies between two land masses, but it may also refer to a navigable channel through a body of water that is otherwise not navigable, for example because it is too shallow, or because it contains an unnavigable reef or archipelago.

Anagrams of Strait

  1. artist, strati, traits

  2. Artist

  3. Strati

  4. Traits

Translations for Strait

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often in plural) a narrow strip of sea between two pieces of land

the straits of Gibraltar; the Bering Strait.

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