- the place of a person or thing as occupied by a successor or substitute: The nephew of the queen came in her stead.
- Obsolete. a place or locality.
- to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
- stand in good stead, to be useful to, especially in a critical situation: Your experience will stand you in good stead.
Origin of stead
- (preceded by in) rare the place, function, or position that should be taken by anotherto come in someone's stead
- stand someone in good stead to be useful or of good service to (someone)
- (tr) archaic to help or benefit
- Christina (Ellen). 1902–83, Australian novelist. Her works include Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), The Man who Loved Children (1940), and Cotters' England (1966)
Word Origin and History for stand in good stead
Old English stede "place, position, standing, delay," related to standan "to stand," from Proto-Germanic *stadiz (cf. Old Saxon stedi, Old Norse staðr, Swedish stad, Dutch stede "place," Old High German stat, German Stadt "town," Gothic staþs "place"), from PIE *stetis-, from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Now chiefly in compounds or phrases. "The sense 'town, city' for G. Stadt is a late development from c.1200 when the term began to replace Burg" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names].
Idioms and Phrases with stand in good stead
stand in good stead
Be extremely useful, as in That umbrella stood me in good stead on our trip; it rained every day. [c. 1300]