- a person or animal that has strayed.
- Law. a domestic animal, as a horse or a sheep, found wandering or without an owner.
- Archaic. to stray.
Origin of estray
1250–1300; Middle English astrai < Anglo-French estray, derivative of Old French estraier to stray
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Examples from the Web for 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.Audrey
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.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
- law a stray domestic animal of unknown ownership
C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French estraier to stray
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