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

  • 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