Meaning of STRAIT in English

I. ˈstrāt adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estreit, from Latin strictus strait, strict, from past participle of stringere

Date: 13th century

1. archaic : strict , rigorous

2. archaic

a. : narrow

b. : limited in space or time

c. : closely fitting : constricted, tight


a. : causing distress : difficult

b. : limited as to means or resources

• strait·ly adverb

• strait·ness noun

II. adverb

Date: 13th century

obsolete : in a close or tight manner

III. noun

Date: 14th century


a. archaic : a narrow space or passage

b. : a comparatively narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water — often used in plural but sing. in constr.

c. : isthmus

2. : a situation of perplexity or distress — often used in plural

in dire strait s

Synonyms: see juncture

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