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’
    • ‘Today's choice was sporting orange and black vertical stripes.’
    • ‘They are but odd shapes painted in zebra stripes which are galling to discerning motorists.’
    • ‘They were black with black laces and there were three metallic dark blue stripes on the sides of each shoe.’
    • ‘He had earned the first black stripe on his Brown Belt.’
    • ‘I'd rather have the old fatigue uniform than wear the proposed tiger stripes.’
    • ‘Also, stay away from patterns like polka dots, zebra stripes, and camouflage.’
    • ‘He was black with searing neon green stripes down his back.’
    • ‘I asked this young woman dressed in a black blouse and black skirt both of which had white pin stripes.’
    • ‘He was wearing a beige sweater with a stripe across the chest.’
    • ‘Be sure to calculate stripe width based on your room measurements.’
    • ‘I bought a black sleeveless Lycra shirt with yellow and white diagonal stripes across the chest.’
    • ‘Alfalfa weevils are small green worms with a light stripe down the back.’
    • ‘The chain was fastened to the back of her collar, giving her a gleaming silver stripe down her back.’
    • ‘The left side consists of a black triangle with a horizontal yellow stripe flanked by two bright blue stripes.’
    • ‘A short-sleeved turquoise T-shirt with horizontal white stripes was found near her body.’
    • ‘He pranced out and the first thing I noticed were the tiger stripes painted on his finger nails.’
    • ‘The car had a red stripe down both sides.’
    • ‘Drape the green ends evenly to form stripes down the side of the cone.’
    • ‘He wore a navy blue, three-piece pin stripe suit and a blood red tie.’
    • ‘One mirror has a thick vertical fluorescent orange stripe of paint running up its center, the other a horizontal.’
    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’
    • ‘My sergeants had earned their stripes in Korea.’
    • ‘The epaulettes on the choker tunic of his black naval uniform bore the four stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘The black male had on an Army jacket with E - 6 sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘Since I always needed more money, I figured I needed to get my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘Three other Haitians arrived before he left and noticed his sergeant's stripes.’
    • ‘Ivy League diplomas and military stripes no longer predominate.’
    • ‘GEMs have also found their stripes in the military.’
    • ‘He wore a plain green uniform and beret with stripes indicating that he was an officer of the Army.’
    • ‘Each bore a pair of stripes on his sleeve, color depending on what legion of mages he supervised.’
    • ‘Mark stood in blue uniform with gold stripes on his collar and black weapons handing from his belt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a ceremony for bestowing the temporary stripes on students before the six-week period of general military training.’
    • ‘He glanced down at the admiral's stripes adorning his uniform and scoffed.’
    • ‘Within 2 1/2 years, I was proudly wearing my sergeant stripes.’
    • ‘He was being so proud in his uniform, showing the stripes of his rank and smiling that smile.’
    • ‘It doesn't help when officers decide to give sergeant stripes out to fill slots.’
    • ‘The Columbia's executive officer, the cuffs of his sleeves adorned with three solid yellow stripes of his rank, entered the foyer.’
    • ‘She straightened one of the epaulettes on his shoulders that bore the four gold stripes of his rank.’
    • ‘Rifle squad leaders and weapon platoon section heads donned staff sergeant stripes.’
    emblem, insignia, badge, marking
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  • 3North American A type or category.

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

Phrases

  • earn one's stripes

    • 1Gain a higher rank in the military.

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

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/