Definition of stoup in English:

stoup

Syllabification: stoup
Pronunciation: /sto͞op
 
/

noun

1A basin for holy water, especially on the wall near the door of a Roman Catholic church for worshipers to dip their fingers in before crossing themselves.
More example sentences
  • On the walls there were rosaries, medals, several pictures of the Virgin, and a holy-water stoup made out of a coconut.
  • One appeared to be a holy water stoup such as was found in Roman Catholic churches, of a plain character.
  • A factory document of 1743 reveals that a series of holy water stoups had been commissioned by the nuns in the Royal Convent of Unshod Carmelites in Madrid.
1.1 archaic or historical A flagon or beaker for drink.
More example sentences
  • II.3 has Iago left alone after Cassio's departure, after he has wheedled him into drinking a stoup of wine.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'pail, small cask'): from Old Norse staup, of Germanic origin; related to the verb steep2.

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