- 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 stripesribbon, streak, division, layer, rule, decoration, band, stroke, fillet, bar, border, striation
Examples from the Web for stripes
Contemporary Examples of stripes
Those that earned their stripes by going to prison and taking the case are the ones that are admired.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
Now I'd earned my stripes and I was just like them, and I realized it wasn't what I wanted at all.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
The giant retailer is realizing its dream of getting into the banking business, which should terrify populists of all stripes.The People Vs. the Bank of Walmart
October 1, 2014
I hang out with artsy theater people, with angry political activists, and with nerds of all stripes.It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?
August 28, 2014
Historical Examples of stripes
There was black-and-white paint on his body; the stripes of the Koshare do not come off easily.The Trail Book
Billy is out of the hospital and wearing my old sergeant's stripes.Arm of the Law
Here, in the bush, all our tools come from the land of the Stars and Stripes.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
I found these specimens in the same locality with the B. stripes.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
From the top the stars and stripes had been broken to the breeze.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
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.