[stal-yuh n]


an uncastrated adult male horse, especially one used for breeding.

Origin of stallion

1275–1325; Middle English stalon < Old French estalon, equivalent to stal- (< Germanic; see stall1) + -on noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an uncastrated male horse, esp one used for breeding

Word Origin for stallion

C14: staloun, from Old French estalon of Germanic origin; related to Old High German stal stall 1
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Word Origin and History for stallion

late 14c., "uncastrated male horse," from Old French estalon "male horse," from Frankish *stal, cognate with Old High German stal "stable" (see stall (n.1)). The notion is probably of a horse kept in a stable to service mares. Transferred sense of "lascivious man" is attested from 1550s.

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