stalwart

adjective
stal·​wart | \ ˈstȯl-wərt How to pronounce stalwart (audio) \

Definition of stalwart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by outstanding strength and vigor of body, mind, or spirit stalwart common sense

stalwart

noun

Definition of stalwart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a stalwart person
2 : an unwavering partisan

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Adjective

stalwartly adverb
stalwartness noun

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Adjective

strong, stout, sturdy, stalwart, tough, tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources. strong arms the defense has a strong case stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way. stout hiking boots sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction. a sturdy table people of sturdy independence stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability. stalwart environmentalists tough implies great firmness and resiliency. a tough political opponent tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together. tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life

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Adjective

Sometime in the 15th century, English speakers began to use stalwart in place of the older form stalworth. Although stalworth is now archaic, it laid the groundwork for today's meaning of stalwart. In the 12th century, stalworth began to be used to describe strongly built people or animals (a meaning stalwart took on about two centuries later). It also came to be used as an adjective for people who showed bravery or courage (likewise a meaning passed on to stalwart). So, in a way, stalwart has been serviceable in keeping the spirit of stalworth alive. This character of stalwart is true to its roots. Stalworth came from the Old English word stælwierthe (meaning "serviceable"), which, in turn, is thought to come from terms meaning "foundation" and "worth."

Examples of stalwart in a Sentence

Adjective their strong and stalwart son the stalwart soldiers in the army of Alexander the Great, who willingly followed him to the ends of the known world
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Wise is a stalwart supporter, and her niece is not. Tamara Lush, Anchorage Daily News, "A senior warning sign for Trump: ‘Go Biden’ cry at Villages," 10 Oct. 2020 Wise is a stalwart supporter, and her niece is not. Tamara Lush, orlandosentinel.com, "A senior warning sign for Trump: ‘Go Biden’ cry at Villages," 10 Oct. 2020 Indian Americans tend to be stalwart Democratic supporters. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Texas has the U.S.'s second-largest Indian American community. Politicians are starting to take notice," 8 Oct. 2020 Perry, a stalwart conservative, was elected in 2012 and is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Scott Perry in dead heat with Democratic challenger in competitive Pennsylvania race," 7 Oct. 2020 In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes, liberal lion Justice Louis Brandeis and conservative stalwart Justice Willis Van Devanter denied the charge. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "FDR, even at his pinnacle of power, could not 'pack the court.'," 1 Oct. 2020 Around the college football industry, the general consensus was that Pittman — the former offensive line coach who was also a stalwart recruiter at Georgia — had no chance to turn this thing around. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Florida and its two Kyles could be the next gem of the SEC," 4 Oct. 2020 His stalwart backing of Mr. Trump has previously led to calls to boycott Home Depot; Mr. Marcus retired more than a decade ago. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "How Republicans Are Trying to Use the Green Party to Their Advantage," 23 Sep. 2020 If Comeau is unable to play, two-thirds of the Stars stalwart checking line would be hurt, with Radek Faksa already sidelined. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "In Stars’ Game 2 loss, Lightning took advantage of one of Anton Khudobin’s biggest strengths," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Danielson, a white man, was a Portland businessman and stalwart of the far-right political group Patriot Prayer, which has engaged in violence and has sometimes attracted white supremacists. Bryan Denson, ProPublica, "New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect," 13 Oct. 2020 Gallese has been a stalwart for Peru during the past two years. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City goalkeeper Pedro Gallese caught up in fight over Peru call-up," 24 Sep. 2020 But replacing Justice Ginsburg, for decades a liberal stalwart of the court, would represent a much starker rightward turn. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Supreme Court: Would Trump pick inevitably mean a sharp right turn?," 24 Sep. 2020 So did Rowlett, which has been a playoff stalwart in Garland ISD. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "District predictions for Dallas-area 6A football teams for the 2020 season," 20 Sep. 2020 While remaining a reliable stalwart for equal rights in her later years, Ginsburg had trouble commanding majorities on the court. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rights," 19 Sep. 2020 That resonated for Smith, who likes to use his skills as a converted forward to attack while remaining stalwart along the defense. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City defender Kyle Smith earns key role with Lions," 15 Aug. 2020 His fourth nominee, Harry Blackmun, went on to become a progressive stalwart, authoring the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade. Mario Loyola, National Review, "Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy Now," 22 Sep. 2020 The criticism from O’Connor, a conservative stalwart who was previously lieutenant governor, comes as drop box access has become a political flash point. Washington Post, "‘A blatant and unfounded attack’: Ohio’s chief justice, a Republican, blasts state GOP for accusing judge of political bias," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of stalwart

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stalwart

Adjective

Middle English, alteration of stalworth, from Old English stǣlwierthe serviceable

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19 Oct 2020

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“Stalwart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stalwart. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for stalwart

stalwart

adjective
How to pronounce stalwart (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stalwart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: very loyal and dedicated
: physically strong

stalwart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stalwart (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : a loyal supporter

stalwart

adjective
stal·​wart | \ ˈstȯl-wərt How to pronounce stalwart (audio) \

Kids Definition of stalwart

: sturdy sense 1, resolute a stalwart body stalwart spirits

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