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Definition of Staple


  1. A settled mart; an emporium; a city or town to which merchants brought commodities for sale or exportation in bulk; a place for wholesale traffic.
  2. Hence: Place of supply; source; fountain head.
  3. The principal commodity of traffic in a market; a principal commodity or production of a country or district; as, wheat, maize, and cotton are great staples of the United States.
  4. The principal constituent in anything; chief item.
  5. Unmanufactured material; raw material.
  6. The fiber of wool, cotton, flax, or the like; as, a coarse staple; a fine staple; a long or short staple.
  7. A loop of iron, or a bar or wire, bent and formed with two points to be driven into wood, to hold a hook, pin, or the like.
  8. A shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one, joining different levels.
  9. A small pit.
  10. A district granted to an abbey.
  11. Pertaining to, or being market of staple for, commodities; as, a staple town.
  12. Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled; as, a staple trade.
  13. Fit to be sold; marketable.
  14. Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities; belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief.
  15. To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton.

Staple Quotations

Much of my reading time over the last decade and a half has been spent reading aloud to my children. Those children's bedtime rituals of supper, bath, stories, and sleep have been a staple of my life and some of the best, most special times I can remember.
Louise Brown

It's a standard staple in Japanese cinema to cut somebody's arm off and have red water hoses for veins, spraying blood everywhere.
Quentin Tarantino

When fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple, the children surf the internet all day in dark corners of the room and are bombarded with latest gadgets. Things replace parental standards.
Diane Abbott

You make your mark by being true to who you are and letting that be your staple.
Kat Graham

A bad investment is going for quantity over quality. If you're trying to be careful with your wallet, especially with the economy right now, you have to choose staple pieces.
Christian Siriano
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Staple Translations

staple in Afrikaans is hakie
staple in Dutch is haakje, kramp, nietje, klamp
staple in German is Heftklammer
staple in Italian is affissare
staple in Portuguese is grampo
staple in Spanish is grapa
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