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[stan-shuh n] /ˈstæn ʃən/
an upright bar, beam, post, or support, as in a window, stall, ship, etc.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with stanchions.
to secure by or to a stanchion or stanchions.
Origin of stanchion
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English stanchon < Old French estanchon, equivalent to estanche (variant of estance, probably < Vulgar Latin *stantia, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand + -ia -y3) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stanchion
  • His body ricochets off a steel stanchion, sending him into an uncontrollable spin.
  • stanchion barns are typically enclosed on all sides.
  • The main question in your letter is whether one end of the control line may be attached to a temporary guardrail stanchion.
  • Sixty three percent of the state's dairy farm operators milk their herd with a stanchion or tie stall barn.
  • The stanchion shall be attached to the roof bow or a reinforced panel in the ceiling.
  • Run the chain or cable around a thwart or stanchion.
  • Provide custom stanchion upright supports for supporting sump pump control panel.
  • Equip each cable stanchion with two spare cable arms and six spare insulators for future use.
  • Floor stanchion and piping tangled in damaged overhead electrical conduits.
  • The stern section lies on its starboard side with the spanker mast step and hold stanchion on the centerline keelson.
British Dictionary definitions for stanchion


any vertical pole, rod, etc, used as a support
(transitive) to provide or support with a stanchion or stanchions
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estanchon, from estance, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) a standing, from Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stanchion

mid-14c., from Old French estanchon "prop, brace, support" (French étançon), probably from estant "upright," from present participle of ester "be upright, stand," from Latin stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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