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

Related Words for astride

astraddle, athwart, piggyback

Examples from the Web for astride

Contemporary Examples of astride

Historical Examples of astride

  • I got astride of the buttress, and painfully forced my way up.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • For all the world she would not have liked them to catch him astride the coping of the wall.

  • "Bring that there bench up, missy, and we'll put him astride it," said the driver.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • From the window of my room I saw the doctor get astride his mule.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • A captain, astride of a great reeking horse, towered above them.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for astride


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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Word Origin and History for astride

1660s, from a- (1) "on" + stride (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper