[ uh-strahyd ]
/ əˈstraɪd /


with a leg on each side of; straddling: She sat astride the horse.
on both sides of: Budapest lies astride the river.
in a dominant position within: Napoleon stands astride the early 19th century like a giant.

adverb, adjective

in a posture of striding or straddling; with legs apart or on either side of something.

Origin of astride

First recorded in 1655–65; a-1 + stride Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for astride


/ (əˈstraɪd) /

adjective (postpositive)

with a leg on either side
with the legs far apart


with a leg on either side of
with a part on both sides of
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