Simple Definition of stanchion
: a strong, upright pole that is used to support something
Full Definition of stanchion
1 : an upright bar, post, or support (as for a roof or a ship's deck)
2 : a device that fits loosely around the neck of an animal (as a cow) and limits forward and backward motion (as in a stall)
Examples of stanchion in a sentence
<the stanchion of an arch>
Origin of stanchion
Middle English stanchon, from Anglo-French *stanchun, stançun, alteration of Old French estançon, diminutive of estance stay, prop
First Known Use: 15th century
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