From Middle English staunce (“place to stand; battle station; position; standing in society; circumstance, situation; stanchion”), from Old French estance (“predicament; situation; sojourn, stay”) (compare modern French stance (“stanza; position one stands in when golfing”)), from Italian stanza (“room, standing place; stanza”), from Latin stāns (“standing; remaining, staying”), from Latin stō (“to stand; to remain, stay”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (“to stand (up)”). The word is cognate with Spanish estante (“shelf”).
The verb is derived from the noun.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /stɑːns/, /stæns/
- Rhymes: -ɑːns
- (General American) IPA(key): /stæns/
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- Rhymes: -æns
stance (plural stances)
- The manner, pose, or posture in which one stands.
- The fencer’s stance showed he was ready to begin.
- One's opinion or point of view.
- 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in The Guardian, London, archived from the original on 15 September 2017:
- His [François Hollande's] 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 [Nicolas] Sarkozy's bling and frenetic policy initiatives.
- A place to stand; a position, a site, a station.
- (Scotland) A place for buses or taxis to await passengers; a bus stop, a taxi rank.
- Synonym: stand
- (Scotland) A place where a fair or market is held; a location where a street trader can carry on business.
- (obsolete, rare) A stanza.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
- (transitive, Scotland) To place, to position, to station; (specifically) to put (cattle) into an enclosure or pen in preparation for sale.
- ^ “staunce, n.(2)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 30 September 2018.
- ^ “stance, n.2”, in OED Online , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1915; “stance” (US) / “stance” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.
- ^ “stance, v.”, in OED Online , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1915.
- stance (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- stance in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- stance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913