[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. astraphobia,
  2. astray,
  3. astrict,
  4. astriction,
  5. astrid,
  6. astringe,
  7. astringent,
  8. astringer,
  9. astrionics,
  10. astro-

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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Word Origin and History for astride



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper