early 14c., "to take or seize (property or goods) by law," a legal term, from O.Fr. estachier
"to attach" (Fr. attacher,
), perhaps from a-
"to" + Frank. *stakon
"a post, stake" or a similar Gmc. word (see stake
(n.)). Meaning "to fasten, affix, connect" is first attested 1802, from French.