A box of staples




  • To sort according to its staple.
  • To secure with a staple.


  • Relating to, or being market of staple for, commodities.
  • Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled.
  • Fit to be sold; marketable.
  • Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities; belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief.


  • From Middle English staple, from Anglo-Norman estaple, Old French estaple ("market, (trading) post"), from Late Latin stapula, from Frankish *stapul, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *stapulaz ("post"), from Proto-Indo-European *stebʰ- ("post, stem"). Compare staff.
  • Image:Copper Staples No 50,60.JPG|thumb|A box of staples
  • From Middle English stapel ("staple, pillar, post"), from Old English stapol ("post, pillar"), from Proto-West Germanic *stapul, from Proto-Germanic *stapulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stebʰ- ("post, stem").
  • See also Old English steppan ("to step") and Old French estaple ("post"). Consider also stapes, from Latin. staple (etymology 1).

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