"For Strathcona, see Strathcona."

A strath is a large valley, typically a river valley that is wide and shallow (as opposed to a glen which is typically narrower and deep).

An anglicisation of the Gaelic word "srath", it is one of many that are have been absorbed into common use in the English language. It is commonly used in the Scottish Highlands to describe a wide valley, even by non-Gaelic speakers. Historically however, it has had a wider range, for example Nithsdale in the far south was originally "Stranit".

It occurs in numerous Scottish place names (such as Strathspey and Strathclyde), Strath-Taieri in New Zealand, Strathfield, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and Strathmore, Alberta in Canada.

It also occurs in the names of four P&O liners that brought thousands of migrants to Australia between the 1950s and the 1950s: the "Strathhaird", the "Strathnaver", the "Stratheden" and the "Strathmore". The ships also acted as troop carriers during WW2.

ee also

Annandale, Dumfries and Galloway

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  • Strath — Strath, n. [Gael. srath.] A valley of considerable size, through which a river runs; a valley bottom; often used in composition with the name of the river; as, Strath Spey, Strathdon, Strathmore. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] The long green strath of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Strath — (spr. sträth), s. Glen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • strath — strath; strath·spey; …   English syllables

  • strath — [strath] n. [< Gael srath] a wide river valley …   English World dictionary

  • Strath — (gälisch, spr. ßtrăth), breites, kultiviertes Tal, im Gegensatz zu Glen (s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • strath — /strath/; Scot. /strddahth/, n. Scot. a wide valley. [1530 40; < Ir, ScotGael srath; akin to STRATUM] * * * …   Universalium

  • strath — (n.) wide river valley between hills, 1530s, from Scottish, from O.Ir. srath wide river valley, from O.Celt. *s(t)rato , from PIE root *stere to spread, extend, stretch out (see STRUCTURE (Cf. structure)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • strath — /stræθ/ (say strath) noun a wide valley. {Scottish Gaelic srath} …   Australian English dictionary

  • strath — noun Etymology: Scottish Gaelic srath Date: 1540 a flat wide river valley or the low lying grassland along it …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • strath — noun /stræθ/ A wide, flat river valley …   Wiktionary