stag

noun
\ ˈstag How to pronounce stag (audio) \
plural stags

Definition of stag

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 or plural stag : an adult male red deer also : the male of various other deer (especially genus Cervus)
2 chiefly Scotland : a young horse especially : a young unbroken stallion
3 : a male animal castrated after sexual maturity — compare steer sense 1
4 : a young adult male domestic chicken or turkey
5a : a social gathering of men only
b : one who attends a dance or party without a companion

stag

verb
stagged; stagging

Definition of stag (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

British
: to spy on

intransitive verb

: to attend a dance or party without a companion

Definition of stag (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : restricted to men a stag party
b : intended for a male audience especially : pornographic stag movies
2 : unaccompanied by someone of the opposite sex stag women

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Other Words from stag

Adjective

stag adverb

Examples of stag in a Sentence

Adjective a stash of stag flicks that were hidden in the basement
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Half of the flights taken by British men aged twenty to forty-five are for stag parties. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 27 Apr. 2020 The Canadian Belt Knife has an elliptical blade and a distinctive offset handle that was originally made of rosewood and is now available in stag as well. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The Five Best Hunting Knives Ever Made," 23 Sep. 2019 The institute said the logo -- a stag with a cross between its antlers -- could offend the country's Christians due to the religious symbol on each bottle. Fox News, "Jägermeister logo does not offend Christians, court rules," 20 Feb. 2020 Another point in the stag column: My former Post colleague Lavanya Ramanthan deemed the work holiday soiree more awkward than meeting the parents. Washington Post, "Are we spending New Year’s Eve together? Your December dating questions, answered.," 21 Dec. 2019 Luke Bryan and his family are on the search for information after their red stag was shot and killed on their farm in Tennessee. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Luke Bryan's Red Stag Was Shot and Killed at His Family's Farm," 15 Dec. 2019 The incident is believed to have occured between the evening of Dec. 4 and the morning of Dec. 6 Police are investigating after country star Luke Bryan‘s red stag was shot and killed on his Tennessee farm earlier this month, PEOPLE confirmed. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Police Investigating After Luke Bryan's Red Stag Deer Found Shot Dead on His Tennessee Farm," 10 Dec. 2019 In 1957, the sugar came down, and the sign was rebranded for White Stag, a sportswear company, which used a white stag as its mascot. oregonlive, "The White Stag red nose, a Portland tradition since 1959, is back," 28 Nov. 2019 The 10-year-old wild stag was found with no external wounds or cuts, and had apparently died two days before it was found, the parks department said. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "A deer found dead in a Thai national park had 15 pounds of plastic in its stomach," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of stag

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stag

Noun

Middle English stagge, from Old English stagga; akin to Old Norse andarsteggi drake

Verb

stag (informer)

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The first known use of stag was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stag. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for stag

stag

noun
How to pronounce stag (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stag

: an adult male deer

stag

noun
\ ˈstag How to pronounce stag (audio) \

Kids Definition of stag

: an adult male deer

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