Definition of strait noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//streɪt//
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  1. 1(also straits) [plural] (especially in the names of places) a narrow passage of water that connects two seas or large areas of water the Strait(s) of Gibraltar
  2. 2straits [plural] a very difficult situation especially because of lack of money The factory is in dire straits. She found herself in desperate financial straits.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French estreit ‘tight, narrow’, from Latin strictus ‘drawn tight’, past participle of stringere ‘tighten, draw tight’.Extra examples Many hundreds of vessels pass through the straits each year. The business is in dire financial straits. The oil terminal is in the narrow strait that separates the island from the mainland. The town is on the straits between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. a ship anchored in the Straits of Hormuz
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