Definition of stripe in English:



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

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

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


  • earn one's stripes

    • 1Gain a higher rank in the military.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each man was dedicated to the mission, each had earned 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’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The other alternative is him being loaned out to another team to earn his stripes.’
        • ‘The mighty Queen Mary 2, named by the Queen on January 8, 2004, is still earning its stripes.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’


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