stance

noun
\ ˈstan(t)s How to pronounce stance (audio) \

Definition of stance

1 chiefly Scotland

a : station
b : site
2a : a way of standing or being placed : posture
b : intellectual or emotional attitude took an antiwar stance
3a : the position of the feet of a golfer or batter preparatory to making a swing
b : the position of both body and feet from which an athlete starts or operates

First Known Use of stance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stance

Middle English stance, staunce, from Middle French estance position, posture, stay, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *stantia, from Latin stant-, stans, present participle of stare to stand

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The first known use of stance was in the 14th century

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stance

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English Language Learners Definition of stance

: a publicly stated opinion
: a way of standing

stance

noun
\ ˈstans How to pronounce stance (audio) \

Kids Definition of stance

: way of standing : posture … he positioned my body for the perfect ski stance.— Ann M. Martin, Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation

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