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[ih-strey] /ɪˈstreɪ/
a person or animal that has strayed.
Law. a domestic animal, as a horse or a sheep, found wandering or without an owner.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to stray.
Origin of estray
1250-1300; Middle English astrai < Anglo-French estray, derivative of Old French estraier to stray Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That would mean, that a lost horse had been killed or an estray steer.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • A man can always recognize his estray, and when she is recognized she will come to heel.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
  • But such an estray, such a piece of flotsam, was Audrey, that she could not help him out.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • She desired to convert some one, to recover some estray, to reform some wretch.

  • Supposing him to have belonged to the old Count's stud of foreign horses, we led him back as an estray.

  • And a health to the one away, Who drifts down careless Italy, God's wanderer and estray!

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
  • Had it not been taken in tow by the runabout, it could not have remained an estray much longer.

  • A rescue party had come in search of the estray, and they were soon brought with rejoicing home.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • If she really was an estray, she had missed two milkings—that of the previous night and the morning that succeeded.

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • Fred Godfrey was almost in sight of his home, when he was both pleased and alarmed by coming upon an estray horse.


    Edward Sylvester Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for estray


(law) a stray domestic animal of unknown ownership
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French estraier to stray
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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