- Loud; shrill, piercing, high-pitched; rough-sounding
- The trumpet sounded strident against the string orchestra.
- Grating or obnoxious
- The artist chose a strident mixture of colors.
- 2005 May 23, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 182:
- If Demandt's essay served as a strident example of the German desire for normalcy, a more subtle example was provided by a brief allohistorical depiction of a Nazi victory in World War II written by German historian Michael Salewski in 1999.
- (nonstandard) Vigorous; making strides
- 2003, November 6, “Stuart Cosgrove”, in Taylor slagging Saddam shame., Glasgow:
- Under David Taylor's stewardship, the SFA has made strident progress.
strident (plural stridents)
- (linguistics) One of a class of s-like fricatives produced by an airstream directed at the upper teeth.
- Hypernym: fricative
- strident in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “strident” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
- “strident” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).