stra·​ta | \ ˈstrā-tə How to pronounce strata (audio) , ˈstra- \

Definition of strata

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of stratum

sedimentary strata economic strata … we have geological strata that date back three and a half billion years and we find in them the remains of a steady succession of life that can be dated very accurately.— Pamela Weintraub


stra·​ta | \ ˈstrā-tə How to pronounce strata (audio) , ˈstra- \
plural stratas also strata

Definition of strata (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dish that is made up of layers of bread, cheese, and meat or vegetables over which a mixture of eggs and milk is poured and that is usually refrigerated before it is baked a ham and cheese strata

First Known Use of strata


1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strata


probably from strata, plural of stratum, taken as a singular noun

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The first known use of strata was in 1902

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“Strata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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Medical Definition of strata

plural of stratum

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