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staple

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈsteɪpl/
WORKPLACE a short thin piece of wire used to fasten pieces of paper together. It has sharp ends that are pushed through the paper and then bent flat by a special tool called a stapler.
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE the main product of a country, whose trade is important for the country's economy: Sugar has been the staple of Cuba's economy for centuries.
COMMERCE a main or important product that people eat or use regularly: food/household/supermarket staples The giant retailer reported strong sales of household staples like groceries.
COMMERCE a company or industry that manufactures and sells important products and services that people eat or use regularly: So-called safe areas in the stock market continue to be consumer staples and drug companies. Millions of people daily use internet staples such as Google and Amazon.
a main or important part of something: Once a staple of men's business wardrobes, the suit is becoming more rare.
(Definition of staple noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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