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From Old French estanson, estanchon, (Modern French étançon), from estance (a stay, a prop), from Latin stans (standing), present participle of stō.


  • enPR: stănʹshən, IPA(key): /ˈstænʃən/ or
  • (Can we verify(+) this pronunciation?) enPR: stänʹshən, IPA(key): /ˈstɑːnʃən/


stanchion (plural stanchions)

Stanchions supporting velvet rope
  1. A vertical pole, post, or support.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter IX, p. 149, [1]
      The train began to move. Lace walked with it, holding a stanchion.
    • 2013, J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus. Melbourne, Australia: The Text Publishing Company. chapter 27. p. 268.
      He staggers against a stanchion, trips over a rope, and tumbles into the space between the quay and the steel plates of the freighter.
  2. A framework of such posts, used to secure or confine cattle.



stanchion (third-person singular simple present stanchions, present participle stanchioning, simple past and past participle stanchioned)

  1. To erect stanchions, or equip something with stanchions.
  2. To confine by means of stanchions, typically used for cattle.