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[stan-shuh n] /ˈstæn ʃən/
an upright bar, beam, post, or support, as in a window, stall, ship, etc.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with stanchions.
to secure by or to a stanchion or stanchions.
Origin of stanchion
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English stanchon < Old French estanchon, equivalent to estanche (variant of estance, probably < Vulgar Latin *stantia, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand + -ia -y3) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
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  • He clung to the rail there and braced one naked foot against a stanchion.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • She was not lashed either, except that her painter was fast to a stanchion.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Leslie was lying on a plank bench, securely chained from the ankles to an iron ring firmly set in the stanchion over his head.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • “Looks as if he had run against a stanchion in the dark,” I observed.

  • Two other natives who were in the canoe leaped overboard, but soon got in again, and threw away the stanchion.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • Dick kept to his resolution of clinging tightly to a stanchion.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • For a moment he paused as though to think, holding to a stanchion.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • It seemed to him he remained there precariously alone with the stanchion for a long, long time.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • Dan made the rope fast to a cleat on the after stanchion, then took a twist about his own arm with the free end.

  • Whin they were goin' again I saw me assistant houldin' to a stanchion.

British Dictionary definitions for stanchion


any vertical pole, rod, etc, used as a support
(transitive) to provide or support with a stanchion or stanchions
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estanchon, from estance, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) a standing, from Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stanchion

mid-14c., from Old French estanchon "prop, brace, support" (French étançon), probably from estant "upright," from present participle of ester "be upright, stand," from Latin stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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