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[strahyp] /straɪp/
a relatively long, narrow band of a different color, appearance, weave, material, or nature from the rest of a surface or thing:
the stripes of a zebra.
a fabric or material containing such a band or bands.
a strip of braid, tape, or the like.
  1. a number or combination of such strips, worn on a military, naval, or other uniform as a badge of rank, service, good conduct, combat wounds, etc.
  2. Informal. status or recognition as a result of one's efforts, experience, or achievements:
    She earned her stripes as a traveling sales representative and then moved up to district manager.
a strip, or long, narrow piece of anything:
a stripe of beach.
a streak or layer of a different nature within a substance.
style, variety, sort, or kind:
a man of quite a different stripe.
Also called magnetic stripe. Movies. a strip of iron oxide layer on the edge of a film that is used for recording and reproducing a magnetic sound track.
verb (used with object), striped, striping.
to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.
Origin of stripe1
1620-30; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe; see strip2, stripe2
Related forms
stripeless, adjective


[strahyp] /straɪp/
a stroke with a whip, rod, etc., as in punishment.
1400-50; late Middle English; obscurely akin to stripe1 Unabridged
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  • It often accompanies the Georgian stripe of Daghestans and Soumaks, with which its stiff drawing harmonises.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • The third stripe corresponds to the cupola, the tension of which is equal to 140 feet.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The blanks are caused by a stripe having been torn off the side of the letter.

  • You will now find the wool has descended to the wide part of the stripe.

  • Next you fold one blanket thrice and lay it with its stripe lengthwise of the poncho.

    At Plattsburg Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for stripe


a relatively long band of distinctive colour or texture that differs from the surrounding material or background
a fabric having such bands
a strip, band, or chevron of fabric worn on a military uniform, etc, esp one that indicates rank
(mainly US & Canadian) kind; sort; type: a man of a certain stripe
(transitive) to mark with a stripe or stripes
Word Origin
C17: probably from Middle Dutch strīpe; related to Middle High German strīfe, of obscure origin


a stroke from a whip, rod, cane, etc
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Middle Low German strippe; related to stripe1
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Word Origin and History for stripe

"a line or band in cloth," 1620s (but probably much older), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German stripe "stripe, streak," from Proto-Germanic *stripanan (cf. Danish stribe "a striped fabric," German Streifen "stripe"), cognate with Old Irish sriab "stripe," from PIE root *streig- (see strigil). Of soldiers' chevrons, badges, etc., attested from 1827.

"a stroke or lash," mid-15c., probably a special use of stripe (n.1), from the marks left by a lash. Cf. also Dutch strippen "to whip," West Frisian strips, apparently cognate but not attested as early as the English word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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