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



    BrE BrE//straɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//straɪp//
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  1. 1  a long narrow line of colour, that is a different colour from the areas next to it a zebra’s black and white stripes a white tablecloth with red stripes see also pinstripe, Stars and Stripes Wordfinderband, check, dot, fleck, pattern, speckle, splash, spot, streak, stripe
  2. 2a narrow piece of cloth, often in the shape of a V, that is worn on the uniform of a soldier or police officer to show their rank a uniform with a sergeant’s stripes on the sleeve
  3. 3(especially North American English) a type, category or opinion politicians of every stripe commentators of all political stripes She's an educator of a very different stripe. They are not all of one stripe.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps a back-formation from striped, of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German strīpe.Extra examples Politicians of every stripe have demonstrated a thirst for power. The butterfly is black and white with a blue stripe running down each wing. The toad has a distinctive yellow stripe down its back. He was wearing a grey shirt with white stripes. Why does the zebra have black and white stripes?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stripe