[stan-uh m]

Origin of stannum

1775–85; < Late Latin: tin, Latin stannum, stagnum alloy of silver and lead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stannum

Historical Examples of stannum

  • The pianist then went away in a rage because Stannum had slept while he played.


    James Huneker

  • Therefore neither electrum nor Stannum is of itself a real metal, but rather an alloy of two metals.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Then the stannum runs out of the furnace into the forehearth; this is an alloy of lead and silver.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • It is conceivable that the Latin “stannum” was derived from Brittany rather than from Galicia.

  • In the like manner they employed werk or stannum, which was obtained almost in the same manner in the fusion of silver.

British Dictionary definitions for stannum


  1. an obsolete name for tin (def. 1)

Word Origin for stannum

C18: from Late Latin: tin, from Latin: alloy of silver and lead, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ystaen tin
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stannum in Medicine


  1. The element tin.
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