Main meanings of stan in English

: stan1stan2

stan1

Pronunciation /stan/

noun

informal
  • An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.

    • ‘he has millions of stans who are obsessed with him and call him a rap god’
    • ‘I swear I've been a stan of hers since I was five.’
    • ‘The charging infrastructure isn't widespread enough to justify long-distance travel yet, so it's not an even trade unless you're a Tesla stan.’
    • ‘I'm an Outkast stan, so pretty much anything and everything they've done makes me happy.’
    • ‘I'm not a stan, but she looks fine to me.’
    • ‘What's with celeb stans getting so wild?’

verbstans, stanning, stanned

[no object]informal
  • Be an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.

    • ‘y'all know I stan for Katy Perry, so I was excited to see the artwork for her upcoming album’

Origin

Early 21st century with allusion to the 2000 song ‘Stan’ by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.

Main meanings of stan in English

: stan1stan2

stan2

Pronunciation /stan/

noun

  • A central Asian country with a name that ends in -stan, in particular one of the republics that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

    ‘the stans are suddenly the focus of intense attention in Washington and Moscow’
    • ‘the documentary goes to two other of the stans but talks about the region’

Origin

1930s from -stan, used in the names of countries such as Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, etc., from Persian stan ‘place, country’.