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

Examples from the Web for estray

Historical Examples of estray

  • That would mean, that a lost horse had been killed or an estray steer.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

  • A man can always recognize his estray, and when she is recognized she will come to heel.

    The Branding Iron

    Katharine Newlin Burt

  • But such an estray, such a piece of flotsam, was Audrey, that she could not help him out.


    Mary Johnston

  • She desired to convert some one, to recover some estray, to reform some wretch.

  • Supposing him to have belonged to the old Count's stud of foreign horses, we led him back as an estray.

British Dictionary definitions for estray



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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