- a relatively long, narrow band of a different color, appearance, weave, material, or nature from the rest of a surface or thing: the stripes of a zebra.
- a fabric or material containing such a band or bands.
- a strip of braid, tape, or the like.
- a number or combination of such strips, worn on a military, naval, or other uniform as a badge of rank, service, good conduct, combat wounds, etc.
- Informal.status or recognition as a result of one's efforts, experience, or achievements: She earned her stripes as a traveling sales representative and then moved up to district manager.
- a strip, or long, narrow piece of anything: a stripe of beach.
- a streak or layer of a different nature within a substance.
- style, variety, sort, or kind: a man of quite a different stripe.
- Also called magnetic stripe. Movies. a strip of iron oxide layer on the edge of a film that is used for recording and reproducing a magnetic sound track.
- to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.
Origin of stripe1
- a stroke with a whip, rod, etc., as in punishment.
Origin of stripe2
Examples from the Web for stripe
New moms and dads of every stripe want their kids to grow up healthy and happy and successful.The Neuroscience of My Gay Dad/Mom Brain
May 30, 2014
There were low-slung skirts, exposed midriffs and jutting hips, column dresses, and every kind of stripe you could imagine.Marc Jacobs' Spring Summer 2013 Show: Walk The Line
September 12, 2012
They look fearsome on the surface, and, yes, I and others of my stripe complain about the Democrats a lot.Obstinate Congressional GOP and Supreme Court Conservatives Reject Compromise
July 3, 2012
Profiteers of every stripe were involved in the contraband cotton trade, including many army officers.What Happened When General Grant Expelled Civil War Jews
March 22, 2012
Africa has skipped a technological generation, bypassing the landlines that stripe our Western skies for the wireless way.The World Is Getting Better, Argues New Book, ‘Abundance’
February 21, 2012
You will now find the wool has descended to the wide part of the stripe.
The third stripe is the same, but, of course, the colors are different.
Stripe: a longitudinal streak of color different from the ground.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
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His shirt is blue with a stripe of sunrise pink, and the collar to match.Pipefuls
There was a suit of pyjamas of Hamilton's which had a stripe very near, but not quite.Bones
- a relatively long band of distinctive colour or texture that differs from the surrounding material or background
- a fabric having such bands
- a strip, band, or chevron of fabric worn on a military uniform, etc, esp one that indicates rank
- mainly US and Canadian kind; sort; typea man of a certain stripe
- (tr) to mark with a stripe or stripes
- a stroke from a whip, rod, cane, etc
Word Origin and History for stripe
"a line or band in cloth," 1620s (but probably much older), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German stripe "stripe, streak," from Proto-Germanic *stripanan (cf. Danish stribe "a striped fabric," German Streifen "stripe"), cognate with Old Irish sriab "stripe," from PIE root *streig- (see strigil). Of soldiers' chevrons, badges, etc., attested from 1827.
"a stroke or lash," mid-15c., probably a special use of stripe (n.1), from the marks left by a lash. Cf. also Dutch strippen "to whip," West Frisian strips, apparently cognate but not attested as early as the English word.