- The definition of a stripe is a long thin line that is somehow different from what is on either side of it.
An example of a stripe is the black and white lines on a zebra.
- To stripe means to add a long narrow band of something.
An example of stripe is to add a broken white line down the middle of a street to set apart traffic lanes; to stripe the street.
stripe definition by Webster's New World
- a long, narrow band, mark, or streak, differing in color, texture, or material from the surrounding area
- a fabric or garment with a pattern of parallel stripes
- a strip of cloth or braid, as a chevron, bar, or curve, worn on the sleeve as of a military uniform to indicate rank or length of service
- a distinctive type, kind, or sort: a man of his stripe
- a stroke with a whip, etc.
- a long welt on the skin
Origin: ; from Middle Low German and amp; Middle Dutch strīpe ; from Indo-European an unverified form streib- ; from base an unverified form ster- from source strip
stripe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A long narrow band distinguished, as by color or texture, from the surrounding material or surface.b. A textile pattern of parallel bands or lines on a contrasting background.c. A fabric having such a pattern.
- A strip of cloth or braid worn on a uniform to indicate rank, awards received, or length of service; a chevron.
- Sort; kind: “All Fascists are not of one mind, one stripe” (Lillian Hellman).
Origin: Middle English, possibly from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe.
Origin: Middle English.