stan·​dish | \ ˈstan-dish How to pronounce standish (audio) \

Definition of standish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stand for writing materials : inkstand


biographical name
Stan·​dish | \ ˈstan-dish How to pronounce Standish (audio) \

Definition of Standish (Entry 2 of 2)

Myles or Miles 1584?–1656 American colonist

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First Known Use of standish


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for standish


Middle English staundys, standyshe

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“Standish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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