hard core

noun

Definition of hard core

  1. 1 :  a central or fundamental and usually enduring group or part: such asa :  a relatively small enduring core of society marked by apparent resistance to change or inability to escape a persistent wretched condition (such as poverty or chronic unemployment)b :  a militant or fiercely loyal faction

  2. 2 usually hardcoreplay \ˈhärd-ˌkȯr\ chiefly British :  hard material in pieces (such as broken bricks or stone) used as a bottom (as in making roads and in foundations)

Examples of hard core in a Sentence

  1. He knows that he can count on the support of a hard core of party loyalists.

First Known Use of hard core

1841


HARD CORE Defined for English Language Learners

hard core

noun

Definition of hard core for English Language Learners

  • : a small number of very active and enthusiastic members of a group : the most devoted and active members of a group


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