- The definition of strident is something loud, harsh-sounding or shrill.
An example of strident is the sound of an angry mob.
Origin: L stridens, present participle of stridere, to make a grating noise, rasp from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form (s)trei- from source Glassical Greek trizein, to chirp, screech, Classical Latin strix, screech owl
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Origin: Latin strīdēns, strīdent-, present participle of strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.
- striˈdence, striˈden·cy noun
- striˈdent·ly adverb