striped Unabridged


1 [strahyp]
a relatively long, narrow band of a different color, appearance, weave, material, or nature from the rest of a surface or thing: the stripes of a zebra.
a fabric or material containing such a band or bands.
a strip of braid, tape, or the like.
a number or combination of such strips, worn on a military, naval, or other uniform as a badge of rank, service, good conduct, combat wounds, etc.
Informal. status or recognition as a result of one's efforts, experience, or achievements: She earned her stripes as a traveling sales representative and then moved up to district manager.
a strip, or long, narrow piece of anything: a stripe of beach.
a streak or layer of a different nature within a substance.
style, variety, sort, or kind: a man of quite a different stripe.
Also called magnetic stripe. Movies. a strip of iron oxide layer on the edge of a film that is used for recording and reproducing a magnetic sound track.
verb (used with object), striped, striping.
to mark or furnish with a stripe or stripes.

1620–30; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German strīpe; see strip2, stripe2

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stripe1 (straɪp)
1.  a relatively long band of distinctive colour or texture that differs from the surrounding material or background
2.  a fabric having such bands
3.  a strip, band, or chevron of fabric worn on a military uniform, etc, esp one that indicates rank
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) kind; sort; type: a man of a certain stripe
5.  (tr) to mark with a stripe or stripes
[C17: probably from Middle Dutch strīpe; related to Middle High German strīfe, of obscure origin]

stripe2 (straɪp)
a stroke from a whip, rod, cane, etc
[C15: perhaps from Middle Low German strippe; related to stripe1]

striped (straɪpt)
marked or decorated with stripes

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Word Origin & History

"a line or band in cloth," 1626 (but probably much older), from M.Du. or M.L.G. stripe "stripe, streak," from P.Gmc. *stripanan (cf. Dan. stribe "a striped fabric," Ger. Streifen "stripe"), cognate with O.Ir. sriab "stripe," from PIE base *streig- (see strigil). Of soldiers'
chevrons, badges, etc., attested from 1827.

"a stroke or lash," 1440, probably a special use of stripe (1), from the marks left by a lash. Cf. also Du. strippen "to whip," W.Fris. strips, apparently cognate but not attested as early as the Eng. word.
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