- 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.
- strip poker,
- strip search,
- strip steak,
- stripe rust,
- stripe smut,
- striped bass,
- striped gopher
Origin of stripe1
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.
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|Isabel Wilkinson|September 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Tomasky|July 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Profiteers of every stripe were involved in the contraband cotton trade, including many army officers.What Happened When General Grant Expelled Civil War Jews|Marc Wortman|March 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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’|Sam Harris|February 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There is a grayish or brown dark stripe from the nostril to the eye; the stripe continues to the groin.A Distributional Study of the Amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico|William E. Duellman
When matching stripes or plaids always turn on the line where the color changes, never through the middle of a stripe.Handicraft for Girls|Idabelle McGlauflin
And to see the things he brought back from Oxford—quince–coloured, with a stripe that wide, like one of my fancy gourds.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
This afternoon's up-journey between Havre and Rouen has been a stripe of pure bliss with no war about it at all.
At a turn in the road in the mountains yesterday, there stood a statue of Rob Roy painted every stripe to life.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I|Burton J. Hendrick
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.