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