[ e-street ]
/ ɛˈstrit /
English Law.
Save This Word!


a true copy or extract of an original writing or record, as of a fine.

verb (used with object)

to make an estreat of (a fine, levy, etc.) for prosecution.
to levy (fines) under an estreat or exact (something) by way of fine or levy.



Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of estreat

1250–1300; Middle English estrete<Anglo-French, cognate with Old French estraite (past participle of extraire) <Latin extracta (feminine past participle of extrahere); see extract
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for estreat

/ (ɪˈstriːt) law /


a true copy of or extract from a court record

verb (tr)

to enforce (a recognizance that has been forfeited) by sending an extract of the court record to the proper authority
C14: from Old French estraite, feminine of estrait extracted, from estraire to extract
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
What's This Word?