Definition of stripe in English:

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Pronunciation: /strīp/


1A long narrow band or strip, typically of the same width throughout its length, differing in color or texture from the surface on either side of it: a pair of blue shorts with pink stripes
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  • I bought a black sleeveless Lycra shirt with yellow and white diagonal stripes across the chest.
  • A short-sleeved turquoise T-shirt with horizontal white stripes was found near her body.
  • I asked this young woman dressed in a black blouse and black skirt both of which had white pin stripes.
line, band, strip, belt, bar, streak, vein, flash, blaze
technical stria, striation
1.1 archaic A blow with a scourge or lash.
2A chevron sewn onto a uniform to denote military rank.
Example sentences
  • The epaulettes on the choker tunic of his black naval uniform bore the four stripes of his rank.
  • He was being so proud in his uniform, showing the stripes of his rank and smiling that smile.
  • Rifle squad leaders and weapon platoon section heads donned staff sergeant stripes.
2.1chiefly North American A type or category: entrepreneurs of all stripes are joining in the offensive
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  • Parallel to the development of the domestic stripe is the evolution of another category - the aristocratic stripe.
  • True believers of every stripe describe their vision of what taxpayer money, talent, and hope can do.
  • The second and much rarer stripe of drinker is your peer, the fully functional alcoholic.


[with object] (usually be striped)
Mark with stripes: her body was striped with bands of sunlight
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  • It's easy to imagine them as the pin striping grease monkeys they've often portrayed in their type promotions.
  • I'm especially appreciative of the fact that sock number two is striping the same as sock number one.
  • With the exception of RAID 1, the other RAID levels provide I / O load balancing by striping data across disks.


Late Middle English: perhaps a back-formation from striped, of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German strīpe.

Words that rhyme with stripe

gripe, hype, mistype, pipe, ripe, sipe, skype, slype, snipe, swipe, tripe, type, wipe

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Syllabification: stripe

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