Definition of stripe in English:

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Pronunciation: /strʌɪp/


1A long, narrow band or strip differing in colour 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, swathe, streak, striation, vein, thread;
chevron, flash, blaze, marking
technical stria
1.1 archaic A blow with a scourge or lash.
2A chevron sewn on to a uniform to denote military rank: he was wearing his old uniform without its sergeant’s stripes
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  • 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.
3chiefly 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]
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.


earn one's stripes

Gain a higher rank in the military.
Example sentences
  • Each man was dedicated to the mission, each had earned his stripes.
  • The former Graeme College pupil underwent 30 weeks of hard training to earn his stripes.
  • He hates egghead officers like Lieutenant Tommy Hart who haven't earned their stripes at the front.
1.1Deserve a position, status or reputation through work or achievements: she’s earning her stripes by showing how hard she’s willing to work
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  • The mighty Queen Mary 2, named by the Queen on January 8, 2004, is still earning its stripes.
  • He will be joined by his brother Henry; a gifted singer/songwriter who earned his stripes in the blues clubs of Chicago.
  • According to NSW Agriculture director general, Dr Kevin Sheridan, he has certainly earned his stripes.


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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