stirrup

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the winter, horses are put out to pasture while a few employees oil and repair stirrups and other equipment and make their own saddles. Sean Catangui, New York Times, 28 May 2023 The pajamas are fitted with thumb holes and stirrups to protect wrists and ankles. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2023 Just up the street, Fenway’s light towers would be programmed to pull a full LED nutty if someone in red stirrups knocked 60 out of the park. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Apr. 2023 Queen Camilla has hung up her stirrups and is no longer horseback riding. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2023 Her clinic has three patient beds and a birthing room with a bare mattress, stirrups and a single IV pole. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 27 Feb. 2023 Zip crop top and stirrup Leggings, Gucci. Rose Minutaglio, ELLE, 18 Jan. 2023 These are his personal copies of his famous works with his [personal] bookplate [a line drawing of a stirrup] inside, and there’s only one of each. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2023 From Lafayette 148, a stirrup legging is the ultimate day-to-night delight. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Stirrup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stirrup. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

stirrup

noun
stir·​rup ˈstər-əp How to pronounce stirrup (audio)
 also  ˈstir-əp,
 or  ˈstə-rəp
1
: either of a pair of small light frames often of metal hung by straps from a saddle and used as a support for the foot of a horseback rider
2
: the innermost bone of the chain of three small bones in the middle ear of a mammal

called also stapes

Medical Definition

stirrup

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