estray
I. noun Date: circa 1523 stray 1 II. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle French estraier Date: 1572 archaic stray

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  • Estray — Estray, in law, is any domestic animal found wandering at large or lost, the owner being unknown.Under early English common law, estrays were forfeited to the king or lord of the manor; under modern statutes, provision is made for taking up stray …   Wikipedia

  • Estray — Es*tray , v. i. To stray. [Obs.] Daniel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Estray — Es*tray n. (Law) Any valuable animal, not wild, found wandering from its owner; a stray. Burrill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • estray — [ə strā′] n. [Anglo Fr < estraier: see STRAY] 1. any person or thing out of its usual place 2. Law a stray and unclaimed domestic animal vi. Archaic to stray …   English World dictionary

  • estray — 1. noun /ə.streɪ/ a) Animal that has escaped from its owner. A legal term, usually defined in common law, as a wandering animal whose owner is unknown. An animal cannot be an estray when on the range where it was raised, and permitted by its… …   Wiktionary

  • estray — /astrey/ An estray is an animal that has escaped from its owner, and wanders or strays about; usually defined, at common law, as a wandering animal whose owner is unknown. An animal cannot be an estray when on the range where it was raised, and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • estray — /astrey/ An estray is an animal that has escaped from its owner, and wanders or strays about; usually defined, at common law, as a wandering animal whose owner is unknown. An animal cannot be an estray when on the range where it was raised, and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • estray — /i stray /, n. 1. a person or animal that has strayed. 2. Law. a domestic animal, as a horse or a sheep, found wandering or without an owner. v.i. 3. Archaic. to stray. [1250 1300; ME astrai < AF estray, deriv. of OF estraier to STRAY] * * * …   Universalium

  • estray — es•tray [[t]ɪˈstreɪ[/t]] n. 1) a stray 2) law archaic to stray • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME astrai < AF estray, der. of OF estraier to stray …   From formal English to slang

  • estray — I. ə̇ˈstrā, eˈ intransitive verb Etymology: Middle French estraier to roam about without a master more at stray archaic : stray II. noun ( s) …   Useful english dictionary

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