stripe

1 of 3

noun (1)

: a stroke or blow with a rod or lash

stripe

2 of 3

verb

striped ˈstrīpt How to pronounce stripe (audio) ; striping

transitive verb

: to make stripes on or variegate with stripes

stripe

3 of 3

noun (2)

1
a
: a line or long narrow section differing in color or texture from parts adjoining
b(1)
: a textile design consisting of lines or bands against a plain background
(2)
: a fabric with a striped design
2
: a narrow strip of braid or embroidery usually in the shape of a bar, arc, or chevron that is worn (as on the sleeve of a military uniform) to indicate rank or length of service
3
: a distinct variety or sort : type
persons of the same political stripe
stripeless adjective

Examples of stripe in a Sentence

Noun (1) the prisoner was sentenced to receive 20 stripes with a bamboo pole Verb the children carefully striped the paper with red and blue paint Noun (2) the United States flag has seven red stripes singers of every stripe will perform at the benefit concert
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Contrasting stripes running down each side infuse the dress with sporty flair. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 Choose from three stripe colors (green, navy, and pink) that are all set against a crisp white. Carly Totten, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 May 2024 Also, big-time donors of all political stripes often move to support leading candidates in races. Rob Copeland, New York Times, 15 May 2024 Price was last seen wearing a green wetsuit with an orange stripe on the hood, yellow weights on his weight belt, and black carbon fiber fins, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 13 May 2024 The red stripes on the bottoms with the slight red detailing in the black florals takes this look up another level. Lauryn Jiles, Miami Herald, 7 May 2024 Christie topped her blood-orange Maison Margiela Couture gown by John Galliano with a voluminous sheer black opera coat with solid stripes. Merle Ginsberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 Trimmed with cognac-colored leather with stripes running down either side and a simple tie closure, this bucket bag is structured without being bulky — and has enough space to tote a laptop or books. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2024 The top of the stretch became a seven-wide guessing game, keeping outcomes of all sizes, stripes and degrees of unlikelihood alive exhiliratingly late in a race that sits on mothballs for 364 days. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024
Verb
On Monday May 6, the 7th Heaven alum appeared at the Met Gala in an elegant pink Tamara Ralph Couture gown with a plunging neckline and 3D striped coque feathers and crystals. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 The mesmerizing black and white striped floors synonymous with the hotel were conceived by the French visionary, who's portfolio of clients includes everyone from late fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent to the Princess of Monaco. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 Above-ground work, including striping for bike lane changes, will begin this year after the rainy season ends. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 23 Apr. 2024 Or her striped Vivienne Westwood vest and mini skirt? Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 Apr. 2024 For another event in Australia, the actress wore a casual ensemble of a blue button-up shirt and blue and white striped shorts from Elisabetta Franchi. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 Margaret Austin, co-owner, Outline Brooklyn: Comfortable, thoughtful, functional, striped? Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 Currently, only one is striped for pickleball, and players need to bring their own striping and nets for the other. Stephanie Lam, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 To improve the safety of our roadways, governments across the nation are responding with new initiatives to make paint lines and roadway striping clearer and more visible. Mark Pittman, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, welt, long scar, blow, probably from stripe band on a garment

Verb

Middle English, to place bands or edging on (a garment), from Middle Dutch stripan, from stripe, strepe stripe; akin to Middle High German strīfe stripe

Noun (2)

Middle English, band or stripe on a garment, in part from stripen, verb, in part from Middle Dutch stripe

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stripe was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stripe. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

stripe

1 of 3 noun
: a stroke or blow with a rod or part of a whip

stripe

2 of 3 verb
striped ˈstrīpt How to pronounce stripe (audio) ; striping
: to make stripes on

stripe

3 of 3 noun
1
: a line or long narrow section differing in color or appearance from the background
2
: a piece of braid (as on the sleeve) to indicate military rank or length of service
stripeless adjective

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