Definition of stripe in English:

stripe

noun

  • 1A long, narrow band or strip differing in colour or texture from the surface on either side of it.

    ‘a pair of blue shorts with pink stripes’
    • ‘I bought a black sleeveless Lycra shirt with yellow and white diagonal stripes across the chest.’
    • ‘A short-sleeved turquoise T-shirt with horizontal white stripes was found near her body.’
    • ‘I asked this young woman dressed in a black blouse and black skirt both of which had white pin stripes.’
    • ‘The car had a red stripe down both sides.’
    • ‘One mirror has a thick vertical fluorescent orange stripe of paint running up its center, the other a horizontal.’
    • ‘They were black with black laces and there were three metallic dark blue stripes on the sides of each shoe.’
    • ‘The left side consists of a black triangle with a horizontal yellow stripe flanked by two bright blue stripes.’
    • ‘He had earned the first black stripe on his Brown Belt.’
    • ‘Today's choice was sporting orange and black vertical stripes.’
    • ‘He pranced out and the first thing I noticed were the tiger stripes painted on his finger nails.’
    • ‘I'd rather have the old fatigue uniform than wear the proposed tiger stripes.’
    • ‘They are but odd shapes painted in zebra stripes which are galling to discerning motorists.’
    • ‘He wore a navy blue, three-piece pin stripe suit and a blood red tie.’
    • ‘The chain was fastened to the back of her collar, giving her a gleaming silver stripe down her back.’
    • ‘Also, stay away from patterns like polka dots, zebra stripes, and camouflage.’
    • ‘Drape the green ends evenly to form stripes down the side of the cone.’
    • ‘He was wearing a beige sweater with a stripe across the chest.’
    • ‘Alfalfa weevils are small green worms with a light stripe down the back.’
    • ‘He was black with searing neon green stripes down his back.’
    • ‘Be sure to calculate stripe width based on your room measurements.’
    line, band, strip, belt, bar, swathe, streak, striation, vein, thread
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    1. 1.1archaic A blow with a scourge or lash.
      stroke, blow, hit, strike, welt, bang, thwack, thump
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  • 2A chevron sewn on to a uniform to denote military rank.

    ‘he was wearing his old uniform without its sergeant's stripes’
    • ‘The epaulettes on the choker tunic of his black naval uniform bore the four stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘He was being so proud in his uniform, showing the stripes of his rank and smiling that smile.’
    • ‘Rifle squad leaders and weapon platoon section heads donned staff sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘GEMs have also found their stripes in the military.’
    • ‘Ivy League diplomas and military stripes no longer predominate.’
    • ‘It doesn't help when officers decide to give sergeant stripes out to fill slots.’
    • ‘Since I always needed more money, I figured I needed to get my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘There is a ceremony for bestowing the temporary stripes on students before the six-week period of general military training.’
    • ‘He wore a plain green uniform and beret with stripes indicating that he was an officer of the Army.’
    • ‘The Columbia's executive officer, the cuffs of his sleeves adorned with three solid yellow stripes of his rank, entered the foyer.’
    • ‘He stood up and tugged on his navy blue tunic and adjusted the cuffs of his sleeves, which bore the four gold solid stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘He glanced down at the admiral's stripes adorning his uniform and scoffed.’
    • ‘She straightened one of the epaulettes on his shoulders that bore the four gold stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘The black male had on an Army jacket with E - 6 sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘Mark stood in blue uniform with gold stripes on his collar and black weapons handing from his belt.’
    • ‘My sergeants had earned their stripes in Korea.’
    • ‘Three other Haitians arrived before he left and noticed his sergeant's stripes.’
    • ‘Mark stood in blue uniform with gold stripes on his collar and black weapons handing from his belt.’
    • ‘Within 2 1/2 years, I was proudly wearing my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘Each bore a pair of stripes on his sleeve, color depending on what legion of mages he supervised.’
    emblem, insignia, badge, marking
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  • 3North American A type or category.

    ‘entrepreneurs of all stripes are joining in the offensive’
    • ‘Parallel to the development of the domestic stripe is the evolution of another category - the aristocratic stripe.’
    • ‘True believers of every stripe describe their vision of what taxpayer money, talent, and hope can do.’
    • ‘The second and much rarer stripe of drinker is your peer, the fully functional alcoholic.’
    sort, variety, kind, style, type, category, order, breed, species, class, designation, specification, genre, genus, brand, make, character, ilk, kidney, grain, stamp, mould
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verb

[with object]
  • Mark with stripes.

    ‘her body was striped with bands of sunlight’
    • ‘It's easy to imagine them as the pin striping grease monkeys they've often portrayed in their type promotions.’
    • ‘I'm especially appreciative of the fact that sock number two is striping the same as sock number one.’
    • ‘With the exception of RAID 1, the other RAID levels provide I / O load balancing by striping data across disks.’
    • ‘Hallucinating off of my grievance and brewing emotions, the room changed to black, red blood pouring down the walls, striping them.’
    • ‘The morning sun bled through the blinds striping her room in a warm glow.’
    • ‘On the bridge below, a car glided through the stop lights, striping the river yellow and black.’
    • ‘She was up and walking again, all but blind to the park around her, tears striping her face unnoticed.’
    • ‘He'd been a foreman in the paint department where he specialized in striping cars.’
    • ‘Most females (like the one pictured left) are are a dull buff color with striping down the front and back.’
    • ‘While most of the work involves street striping and painting, at the Wallace Road crossing, crews will extend the curbs.’
    • ‘The first candy canes were almost entirely sugar, no peppermint, and most assuredly had no red striping.’
    • ‘Sulfur deficiency on most crops is expressed as general yellowing but in corn it also may appear as leaf striping.’
    • ‘The young man held up a wide document envelope with red-blue international airmail striping.’

Phrases

    earn one's stripes
    • 1Gain a higher rank in the military.

      • ‘Each man was dedicated to the mission, each had earned his stripes.’
      • ‘The former Graeme College pupil underwent 30 weeks of hard training to earn his stripes.’
      • ‘He hates egghead officers like Lieutenant Tommy Hart who haven't earned their stripes at the front.’
      1. 1.1Deserve a position, status or reputation through work or achievements.
        ‘she's earning her stripes by showing how hard she's willing to work’
        • ‘The mighty Queen Mary 2, named by the Queen on January 8, 2004, is still earning its stripes.’
        • ‘He will be joined by his brother Henry; a gifted singer/songwriter who earned his stripes in the blues clubs of Chicago.’
        • ‘According to NSW Agriculture director general, Dr Kevin Sheridan, he has certainly earned his stripes.’
        • ‘The lawyer defending a Disney World entertainer from charges of molestation earned his stripes yesterday.’
        • ‘Our technology affiliate has highly trained specialists who have earned their stripes.’
        • ‘Even today, many top chefs have earned their stripes working in stately homes.’
        • ‘A life coach who's earned his stripes, he is building his business with another adventure already in mind.’
        • ‘They certainly earned their stripes against the Tigers.’
        • ‘The other alternative is him being loaned out to another team to earn his stripes.’
        • ‘Periods of severe duress are, perhaps, when the media earns its stripes.’

Origin

Late Middle English perhaps a back-formation from striped, of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German strīpe.

Pronunciation

stripe

/strʌɪp/