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[strath; Scot. strahth]
noun Scot.
  1. a wide valley.
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Origin of strath

1530–40; < Irish, Scots Gaelic srath; akin to stratum
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Historical Examples

  • A dance, named from the district of Strath Spey, in the north of Scotland.

    Lady of the Lake

    Sir Walter Scott

  • It is not for me to go into the Strath with news of the dead.

  • There had been none prouder and more aloof than he in all Strath Iolair.

  • There was no blue smoke in the strath except from the one turf cot.

  • I hope you will accompany me, an you think you can lead me safe enough into Strath.'

British Dictionary definitions for strath


  1. Scot a broad flat river valley
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Word Origin

C16: from Scot and Irish Gaelic srath, Welsh ystrad
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Word Origin and History for strath


"wide river valley between hills," 1530s, from Scottish, from Old Irish srath "wide river valley," from Old Celtic *s(t)rato-, from PIE root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)).

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