noun met·tle \ˈme-təl\

: strength of spirit : ability to continue despite difficulties

Full Definition of METTLE

a :  vigor and strength of spirit or temperament
b :  staying quality :  stamina <equipment that proved its mettle>
:  quality of temperament or disposition <gentlemen of brave mettle — Shakespeare>
met·tled \-təld\ adjective
on one's mettle
:  aroused to do one's best

Examples of METTLE

  1. The competition will test her mettle.

Origin of METTLE

alteration of metal
First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with METTLE


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