Definition of “straw” - English Dictionary

“straw” in British English

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strawnoun

uk /strɔː/ us /strɑː/

straw noun (DRIED STEMS)

C1 [ U ] the dried, yellow stems of crops such as wheat, used as food for animals or as a layer on the ground for animals to lie on, and for making traditional objects:

a bale of straw
a straw basket/hat
straw-coloured hair

More examples

  • straw matting
  • Prisoners slept on straw mats.
  • Add a layer of straw to your compost heap before adding more grass clippings.
  • The calf was sitting, quite still, on bed of straw.
  • She had little pieces of straw in her hair.

(Definition of “straw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“straw” in American English

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strawnoun

us /strɔ/

straw noun (DRIED STEMS)

[ U ] the dried yellow stems of crops such as wheat, used for animals or for weaving:

The horse had a warm bed of fresh straw.

straw noun (TUBE)

[ C ] a thin tube, usually made of plastic, used to suck a drink from a container

Idiom(s)

(Definition of “straw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)