Strait Definition

strāt
straits, straiter, straitest
noun
straits
A narrow passage.
Webster's New World
A narrow waterway connecting two large bodies of water.
Webster's New World
Difficulty; distress.
Webster's New World
An isthmus.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
adjective
straiter, straitest
Straitened; difficult; distressing.
Webster's New World
Having or marked by limited funds or resources.
American Heritage
Restricted or constricted; narrow; tight; confined.
Webster's New World
Strict; rigid; exacting.
Webster's New World
Fitting tightly; constricted.
American Heritage
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verb
(obsolete) To put to difficulties.
Wiktionary
adverb
(obsolete) Strictly; rigorously.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Strait

Noun

Singular:
strait
Plural:
straits

Adjective

Base Form:
strait
Comparative:
straiter
Superlative:
straitest

Origin of Strait

  • From Middle English streit, from Anglo-Norman estreit, Old French estreit (modern form étroit), from Latin strictus, perfect passive participle of stringō (“compress, tighten"). Doublet of strict.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English streit narrow, a strait from Old French estreit tight, narrow from Latin strictus past participle of stringere to draw tight streig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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