stan·​chion ˈstan-chən How to pronounce stanchion (audio)
: an upright bar, post, or support (as for a roof or a ship's deck)
: a device that fits loosely around the neck of an animal (such as a cow) and limits forward and backward motion (as in a stall)
stanchioned adjective

Example Sentences

the stanchion of an arch
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Word History


Middle English stanchon, from Anglo-French *stanchun, stançun, alteration of Old French estançon, diminutive of estance stay, prop

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stanchion was in the 15th century

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“Stanchion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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stan·​chion ˈstan-chən How to pronounce stanchion (audio)
: an upright bar, post, or support
: a device that fits loosely around an animal's neck and limits forward and backward motion (as in a stall)
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