Definition of stratus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstrɑːtəs/


[mass noun]
Cloud forming a continuous horizontal grey sheet, often with rain or snow: the weather was lousy, with low stratus and poor visibility [as modifier]: stratus cloud
More example sentences
  • In summer, Arctic Ocean packice cover is incomplete and heavily puddled, which maintains a constant layer of stratus and stratocumulus cloud cover.
  • The sky, a gloomy purple, was overlapped by stratus sheets of blue-black clouds.
  • The first sign that this is occurring would be the sight of a bank of Cirrus, followed by a bank of medium level clouds, and then thicker stratus clouds.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin, literally 'strewn', past participle of sternere.

Words that rhyme with stratus

altostratus, cirrostratus, nimbostratus

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