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Via French [Term?], from Italian stanza (standing place), from Latin stāns (standing), from Latin stāre (to stand). Cognate with Italian stanza (room) and Spanish estante (shelf).



stance (plural stances)

  1. The manner, posture, or pose in which one stands.
    The fencer’s stance showed he was ready to begin.
  2. One’s opinion or point of view.
    I don’t agree with your stance on gun control.
    • 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in the Guardian[1]:
      His stance as being against the world of finance and his proposal of a 75% tax on incomes over €1m (£817,000) was approved by a majority in polls. He was convinced that his more measured, if ploddingly serious, style would win out with an electorate tired of Sarkozy's bling and frenetic policy initiatives.
  3. (Scotland) A station; a position; a site; a stopping place for buses at a bus station
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  4. (obsolete) A stanza.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)



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