stoup

noun

1
a
: a beverage container (such as a glass or tankard)
b
: flagon
2
: a basin for holy water at the entrance of a church

Examples of stoup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup! Natalie Schumann, Country Living, 31 Dec. 2022 Explorers have discovered tiled floor, steps and in 2006, a holy water stoup was recovered. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Thin footpaths weave past remnants of a fifth-century hut, ancient field boundaries and an eighth-century medieval chapel, still with its holy water stoup. Kate Eshelby, CNN, 14 June 2021 Likely used between Edward and Henry’s reigns, the stoup, or basin, held holy water for monks to wash their hands in upon entering the abbey. Theresa MacHemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Aug. 2020 The stoups were dry in churches in the weeks leading to the shelter-in-place order. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2020 Churchgoers have been asked to stop shaking hands, communal cups are in storage and holy water stoups are dry. Fox News, 4 Mar. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English stowp, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse staup cup; akin to Old English stēap flagon

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stoup was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stoup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stoup. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

stoup

noun
1
: a container (as a large glass) for beverages
2
: a basin for holy water at the entrance of a church

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