Definition of stanchion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstan(t)SH(ə)n/


1An upright bar, post, or frame forming a support or barrier.
Example sentences
  • There is barely a scrap of bare metal on the stanchions, pillars, posts, railings, and decking ribs.
  • The overhead power lines caused problems because stanchions supporting them were too far apart and cheap materials had been used.
  • The massive stanchions that had supported the crane gantry rails in the past now support the new steel-framed structures.
1.1 (in full cattle stanchion) A frame that holds the head of a cow in place, especially to facilitate milking.



Example sentences
  • Out of respect for the veterans, media are required to stay within the stanchioned area during the ceremony.
  • Stanchioned cattle are very restless because their restraint limits their ability to lick or scratch.
  • the main point of air springs is saving weight, and a 40mm stanchioned fork isn't going to pull that off too well.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French stanchon, from Old French estanchon, from estance 'a support', probably based on Latin stant- 'standing', from the verb stare.

Words that rhyme with stanchion

expansion, mansion, scansion

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Syllabification: stan·chion

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