[stan-shuh n]


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

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stanchion

bolster, framework, support, stay, beam, upright, post, prop, brace

Examples from the Web for stanchion

Historical Examples of stanchion

  • To the glory of man we will stanchion, and raise and roof it anew.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • It seemed to him he remained there precariously alone with the stanchion for a long, long time.


    Joseph Conrad

  • She was not lashed either, except that her painter was fast to a stanchion.

    Labrador Days

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • “Looks as if he had run against a stanchion in the dark,” I observed.

  • She grasped a stanchion and clung there, staring at him with a wild, white face.

British Dictionary definitions for stanchion



any vertical pole, rod, etc, used as a support


(tr) to provide or support with a stanchion or stanchions

Word Origin for stanchion

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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