in·​trep·​id | \ in-ˈtre-pəd How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \

Definition of intrepid

: characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance an intrepid explorer

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intrepidity \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈpi-​də-​tē How to pronounce intrepidity (audio) \ noun
intrepidly \ in-​ˈtre-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce intrepidly (audio) \ adverb
intrepidness noun

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You need not be afraid to find out the origins of today’s word, although its history does include fear. Intrepid derives from the Latin word intrepidus, itself formed by the combination of the prefix in- (meaning "not") and trepidus, meaning "alarmed." Other relatives of "trepidus" in English include "trepidation" and "trepidatious," as well as "trepid" (which actually predates "intrepid" and means "fearful") and even the rare "trepidity" (a synonym for "trepidation" in the sense of "fear, apprehension"). Synonyms for "intrepid" include "courageous," "valiant," "fearless," "valorous," and simply "brave."

Examples of intrepid in a Sentence

The heroes are intrepid small-business owners, investigative reporters, plaintiffs and their lawyers, and, of course, Nader himself and his grass-roots organizations. — Jonathan Chait, New York Times Book Review, 3 Feb. 2008 Author and explorer Dame Freya Stark was one of the most intrepid adventurers of all time. (T. E. Lawrence, no slouch in the travel department himself, called her "gallant" and "remarkable.") — Kimberly Robinson, Travel & Leisure, December 1999 Meanwhile, the intrepid Florentine traveler Marco Polo had been to China and brought back with him a noodle dish that became Italian pasta … — Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993 an intrepid explorer who probed parts of the rain forest never previously attempted
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This article was adapted from a speech Bran Ferren gave at the Global Exploration Summit in Lisbon, a gathering of The Explorer’s Club’s most intrepid members. Bran Ferren, Quartz, "Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it," 13 Sep. 2019 Frozen’ An intrepid young woman goes on a quest to break the wintry spell of her big sister, the Snow Queen, in this stage adaptation of the hit 2013 Disney movie. Los Angeles Times, "The Broadway musicals coming to L.A. this fall, from ‘Frozen’ to ‘SpongeBob’," 12 Sep. 2019 Eventually, the light from that cataclysm reached Earth, and in November 2016, it was captured by a group of intrepid humans at the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. Quanta Magazine, "Long-Lived Stellar Blast Kindles Hope of a Supernova We’ve Never Seen Before," 12 Sep. 2019 James, whose goal was the sole score of the game, netted with a classy curling finish inside just 17 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium, after some intrepid work from Jonny Williams., "Daniel James Discusses Incredible Start to His Man Utd Career After Guiding Wales to Crucial Win," 10 Sep. 2019 See the intrepid frogs in the many states of their wind chimes habitat below. Time, "Florida Man Finds Frogs in Wind Chimes Before Hurricane," 3 Sep. 2019 But that’s what the intrepid singer-pianist Freddy Cole did with flair Thursday night at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, giving the 41st annual Chicago Jazz Festival its first emotional high. Howard Reich,, "Jazz Fest review: Freddy Cole evokes sweet memories of brother Nat King Cole," 30 Aug. 2019 The reputation for top-notch production values, paired with the remote location and intrepid audiences, did not go unnoticed. Jesse Green, New York Times, "How a Summer Festival Is Shaping New York’s Theatrical Winter," 13 Sep. 2019 The intrepid Today feature anchor and co-host of the morning show’s third hour will go in-depth about his thought-provoking trip next week as part of NBC News and MSNBC’s new, weeklong Climate in Crisis series. Kc Baker,, "Al Roker Is in Greenland on NASA Mission to Study Melting Glaciers for Climate in Crisis Series," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of intrepid

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intrepid

Latin intrepidus, from in- + trepidus alarmed — more at trepidation

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The first known use of intrepid was in 1680

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English Language Learners Definition of intrepid

literary + often humorous : feeling no fear : very bold or brave


in·​trep·​id | \ in-ˈtre-pəd How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \

Kids Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : bold

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