- Strait is narrow waterway between two larger bodies of water.
An example of a strait is the Bering Strait.
- The definition of a strait is a difficulty or a hard situation.
An example of a strait is a poor family being in “dire straits.”
- Archaic restricted or constricted; narrow; tight; confined
- Archaic strict; rigid; exacting
- Now Rare straitened; difficult; distressing
Origin: Middle English streit from Old French estreit from Classical Latin strictus: see strict
- Rare a narrow passage
- a narrow waterway connecting two large bodies of water
- difficulty; distress
- Rare an isthmus
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- Abbr. Str. or St. A narrow channel joining two larger bodies of water. Often used in the plural with a singular verb.
- A position of difficulty, perplexity, distress, or need. Often used in the plural: in desperate straits.
- a. Difficult; stressful.b. Having or marked by limited funds or resources.
- Archaic a. Narrow.b. Affording little space or room; confined.c. Fitting tightly; constricted.
- Archaic Strict, rigid, or righteous.
Origin: Middle English streit, narrow, a strait, from Old French estreit, tight, narrow, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
- straitˈly adverb
- straitˈness noun
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