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Staple may refer to:



  • The Staple, in English historiography, the entire medieval system of trade and its taxation
  • Staple right, a medieval right of certain German ports to require merchant vessels to unload and display their goods for sale for a certain period, often three days
  • Statute of the Staple, a statute passed in 1353 by the Parliament of England
  • Merchants of the Staple, an English company which controlled the export of wool to the continent during the late medieval period
  • Company of Merchant Adventurers of London, brought together London's leading overseas merchants in a regulated company, in the nature of a guild

Trade technical uses[edit]

  • Staple food, a (store-able) foodstuff that forms the basic constituent of a diet
  • Staple (textiles), the raw material of fiber from which textiles are made
  • Staple (wool), wool fibers that naturally form themselves into locks


  • Staple Island, a small rocky island that is one of the outer Farne Islands in Northumberland, England
  • Staple Bend Tunnel, constructed between 1831 and 1834 for the Allegheny Portage Railroad about 4 miles east of Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Stapleford (disambiguation), a number of places in the United Kingdom


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