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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