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 In the response to his tweet, one Twitter user noted their own gynecologist’s stirrup warmers that make the footholds more comfortable and ease the tension of an inherently vulnerable doctor’s appointment. Kylie Logan, Fortune, 7 Dec. 2021 The most recent drop includes favorites like catsuits and tights and includes embellished socks, stirrup leggings, and bodycon dresses, too. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2021 The stirrup shaped lugs are pure Hermès, in a nod to the brand’s signature equestrian theme. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 18 Aug. 2021 For any critics who worry about a catsuit obscuring a gymnast’s form, remember that male gymnasts typically wear a singlet under comparatively loose, stirrup trousers. Sarah Spelling, Vogue, 22 July 2021 The incident was severe enough that Rosario temporarily had a foot slip out of the stirrup. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Then one foot of veteran jockey Joel Rosario flopped out of a stirrup. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 The invention of the stirrup, the curb bit, and finally the war saddle made mobility an effective weapon in and of itself. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 6 May 2021 See them all by clicking through our favorite stirrup leggings for fall below. Eliza Huber,, 29 Oct. 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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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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