[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for estray

/ (ɪˈstreɪ) /


law a stray domestic animal of unknown ownership

Word Origin for estray

C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French estraier to stray
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