Meaning of STRAIT in English

n. & adj.


1. (in sing. or pl.) a narrow passage of water connecting two seas or large bodies of water.

2 (usu. in pl.) difficulty, trouble, or distress (usu. in dire or desperate straits).

--adj. archaic 1 narrow, limited; confined or confining.

2 strict or rigorous.

Phrases and idioms:

strait-laced severely virtuous; morally scrupulous; puritanical.


straitly adv. straitness n.

Etymology: ME streit f. OF estreit tight, narrow f. L strictus STRICT

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.