- 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.
verb (used with object), striped, strip·ing.
Origin of stripe1
Origin of stripe2
Related Words for striperibbon, streak, division, layer, rule, decoration, band, stroke, fillet, bar, border, striation
Examples from the Web for stripe
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of stripe
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
John. B. Smith
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
Word Origin for stripe
Word Origin 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.