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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.
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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