Strait is narrow waterway between two larger bodies of water.(noun)
An example of a strait is the Bering Strait.
The definition of a strait is a difficulty or a hard situation.(noun)
An example of a strait is a poor family being in “dire straits.”
See strait in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME streit < OFr estreit < L strictus: see strict
See strait in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English streit, narrow, a strait
Origin: , from Old French estreit, tight, narrow
Origin: , from Latin strictus
Origin: , past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
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