(comparative straiter, superlative straitest)
- (archaic) Narrow; restricted as to space or room; close.
- (archaic) Righteous, strict.
- to follow the strait and narrow
The adjective is often confused with straight.
- (geography) A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.
- The Strait of Gibraltar
- A narrow pass or passage.
- A neck of land; an isthmus.
- A difficult position (often used in plural).
- to be in dire straits
(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.
From Middle English streit, from Anglo-Norman estreit, Old French estreit (modern form Ã©troit), from Latin strictus, perfect passive participle of stringÅ (“compress, tighten"). Doublet of strict.