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strait

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adjective \ˈstrāt\

Definition of strait

  1. 1 archaic :  strict, rigorous

  2. 2 archaic a :  narrowb :  limited in space or timec :  closely fitting :  constricted, tight

  3. 3a :  causing distress :  difficultb :  limited as to means or resources

straitly

adverb

straitness

noun

Origin and Etymology of strait

Middle English, from Anglo-French estreit, from Latin strictus strait, strict, from past participle of stringere


First Known Use: 13th century


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strait

adverb

Definition of strait

obsolete

  1. :  in a close or tight manner

13th Century

First Known Use of strait

13th century


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strait

noun

Definition of strait

  1. 1a archaic :  a narrow space or passageb :  a comparatively narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water —often used in plural but singular in constructionc :  isthmus

  2. 2 :  a situation of perplexity or distress —often used in plural <in dire straits>

Examples of strait in a sentence

  1. Her campaign is in desperate straits.

  2. The company is in desperate financial straits.

  3. The economy is in dire straits.

14th Century

First Known Use of strait

14th century

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STRAIT Defined for English Language Learners


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strait

noun

Definition of strait for English Language Learners

  • : a narrow passage of water that connects two large bodies of water

  • straits : a very difficult situation


STRAIT Defined for Kids

strait

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noun \ˈstrāt\

Definition of strait for Students

  1. 1 :  a narrow channel connecting two bodies of water

  2. 2 :  a situation of difficulty or distress —often used in pl. <The lost hikers were in dire straits.>



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