Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “strait”

See all translations

strait

noun uk   /streɪt/ us  

strait noun (WATER)

[C usually plural] a narrow area of sea that connects two larger areas of sea: the Straits of Gibraltar

strait noun (DIFFICULTY)

straits [plural] a difficult situation, especially because of financial problems: So many companies are in such dire/difficult straits that their prices have come right down.
Translations of “strait”
in Korean 해협…
in Arabic مَضيق…
in French détroit, ennuis d’argent…
in Turkish boğaz…
in Italian stretto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 水, 海峽…
in Russian пролив…
in Polish cieśnina…
in Spanish estrecho, aprieto…
in Portuguese estreito…
in German die Meerenge, der Engpaß…
in Catalan estret…
in Japanese 海峡, 瀬戸…
in Chinese (Simplified) 水, 海峡…
(Definition of strait from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of strait?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “strait”

Definitions of “strait” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More