- 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.”
- Strait is narrow waterway between two larger bodies of water.
An example of a strait is the Bering Strait.
- Archaic restricted or constricted; narrow; tight; confined
- Archaic strict; rigid; exacting
- Now Rare straitened; difficult; distressing
Origin of straitMiddle English streit from Old French estreit from Classical Latin strictus: see strict
- Rare a narrow passage
- [often pl.] a narrow waterway connecting two large bodies of water
- [usually pl.] difficulty; distress
- Rare an isthmus
- A narrow channel joining two larger bodies of water: straits that were treacherous; the Strait of Gibraltar; the Bosporus Straits.
- A position of difficulty, perplexity, distress, or need: in desperate straits.
- a. Difficult; stressful.b. Having or marked by limited funds or resources.
- a. Narrow or confined.b. Fitting tightly; constricted.
- Strict, rigid, or righteous.
Origin of straitMiddle 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.
(comparative straiter, superlative straitest)
The adjective is often confused with straight.
(third-person singular simple present straits, present participle straiting, simple past and past participle straited)
- (obsolete) To put to difficulties.
(comparative more strait, superlative most strait)
- (obsolete) Strictly; rigorously.