"long, narrow, flat piece," 1459, "narrow piece of cloth," probably from M.L.G. strippe
"strap, thong," related to stripe
(1)). Sense extension to wood, land, etc. first recorded 1638. Sense in comic strip
is from 1920. Meaning "street noted for clubs, bars, etc." is attested from 1939, originally in ref. to Los Angeles' Sunset Strip
. Strip mine
is attested from 1934, so called because the surface material is removed in successive parallel strips.