A stag is another word for a buck, or a male deer. If you spot a family of deer in the woods, the stag is the one with the largest antlers.

There are different terms for male deer, depending on the species, and stag usually describes the largest types of deer. Stags are also commonly seen in paintings of deer hunts. Another way to use the word stag is as a verb meaning "go without a date," especially to a formal party or dance. In the mid-1800's, a "stag party" was a group made up only of men, a term that came to mean a bachelor party.

Definitions of stag
  1. noun
    a male deer, especially an adult male red deer
    synonyms: hart
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    type of:
    American elk, Cervus elaphus, elk, red deer, wapiti
    common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
  2. noun
    adult male deer
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    royal, royal stag
    stag with antlers of 12 or more branches
    type of:
    mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)
  3. verb
    attend a dance or a party without a female companion
  4. verb
    watch, observe, or inquire secretly
    synonyms: sleuth, snoop, spy
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    type of:
    monitor, supervise
    keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
  5. verb
    give away information about somebody
    synonyms: betray, denounce, give away, grass, rat, shop, snitch, tell on
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    sell out
    give information that compromises others
    type of:
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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