stir·​rup | \ ˈstər-əp also ˈstir-əp or ˈstə-rəp How to pronounce stirrup (audio) \

Definition of stirrup

1 : either of a pair of small light frames or rings for receiving the foot of a rider that are attached by a strap to a saddle and used to aid in mounting and as a support while riding
2 : a piece resembling a stirrup: such as
a : one used as a support or clamp in carpentry and machinery
b : a stirrup-shaped footrest
3 : a rope secured to a yard and attached to a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope
4 : stapes

Examples of stirrup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the fall ‘16 show, the designer introduced a stirrup pant, which, too, soon became a favourite among street style stars. Eliza Huber,, "This 2020 Alternative To Leggings Is Actually Stylish — & Instagram-Approved," 30 Oct. 2020 In August, Courtney Trop, an L.A.-based blogger, styled a pair of black Simon Miller stirrup leggings with patent leather platforms and a crinkled coat. Eliza Huber,, "This 2020 Alternative To Leggings Is Actually Stylish — & Instagram-Approved," 30 Oct. 2020 Among the front-runners in today’s stirrup legging market are pairs by Monse, Altuzarra, Low Classic, and The Marc Jacobs. Eliza Huber,, "This 2020 Alternative To Leggings Is Actually Stylish — & Instagram-Approved," 30 Oct. 2020 After jamming my feet, beige pumps and all, into stirrups, the doctor walked out of the room. Joyce Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "My Abortion War Story," 8 June 2020 Kaline wore the stirrups pulled high to expose just the right amount of white sanitary socks. Scott Ostler,, "Let’s have some fake cheers for Harding Park, MLB and robo umps," 16 May 2020 The looters took most things of value, but left some objects behind, including a stone epitaph, a lead stirrup, and a variety of seemingly worthless animal skeletons. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Mar. 2020 My mother stands up in the stirrups and holds the pole. Laraine Herring, New York Times, "What Used to Be, and What Is," 6 Mar. 2020 What was comfortable—and a direct result of the fairly empty flight—was putting the hammock over the tray table of the seat next to me and sitting sideways with my feet up in the stirrup, knees resting on that seat’s back. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "The $20 Travel Accessory That Makes Sitting in Economy Bearable," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of stirrup

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stirrup

Middle English stirop, from Old English stigrāp, from stig- (akin to Old High German stīgan to go up) + rāp rope — more at stair, rope

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The first known use of stirrup was before the 12th century

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4 Dec 2020

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“Stirrup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stirrup

: one of two loops that are attached to a saddle for the rider's feet


stir·​rup | \ ˈstər-əp How to pronounce stirrup (audio) \

Kids Definition of stirrup

: either of a pair of small light frames or loops often of metal hung by straps from a saddle and used as a support for the foot of a horseback rider


stir·​rup | \ ˈstər-əp also ˈstir-əp or ˈstə-rəp \

Medical Definition of stirrup

1 : stapes
2 : an attachment to an examining or operating table designed to raise and spread the legs of a patient

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