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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Other Words from stalwart

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

But Sanders and other stalwart single-payer proponents see health care as fundamentally different from other commodities and believe the government should guarantee health coverage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019 But Sanders and other stalwart single-payer proponents see health care as fundamentally different from other commodities and believe the government should guarantee health coverage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019 But Sanders and other stalwart single-payer proponents see health care as fundamentally different from other commodities and believe the government should guarantee health coverage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019 The move could result in the indictment of Mr. Netanyahu, one of President Trump’s most stalwart foreign allies and a key partner in his Middle East policy as the White House prepares to roll out a plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Netanyahu Under Pressure as Israeli Police Recommend Charges in Third Corruption Case," 2 Dec. 2018 Among Republicans, Paul has long been seen as one of the most stalwart champions of stricter privacy protections. Li Zhou, Vox, "Rand Paul says he’s “honestly undecided” on Kavanaugh," 23 July 2018 The chairs are part of a contest put on by Design Within Reach, that stalwart purveyor of covetable modern furniture, and Champagne Pommery to encourage people to make the coolest chair possible out of champagne corks. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "Look At These Adorable Chairs Made Out Of Champagne Corks," 22 Dec. 2018 But Sanders and other stalwart single-payer proponents see health care as fundamentally different from other commodities and believe the government should guarantee health coverage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The Medicare-for-all paradox," 14 Dec. 2018 America will miss her devoted son, her stalwart champion, her elder statesman. Fox News, "Trump orders flags flown at half-staff for John McCain," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

San Francisco artist Doug Hall has been a stalwart presence on the Bay Area art scene since the early 1970s. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Satirist Doug Hall changes his tune to soothing in ‘Song of Ourselves’," 22 May 2018 San Francisco’s office rents may be the priciest in the nation, but that isn’t deterring Silicon Valley’s venture-capital stalwarts from putting down stakes there. Yuliya Chernova, WSJ, "More Venture-Capital Firms Feel the Pull of San Francisco," 8 Mar. 2019 The stalwart centerback had four tackles, three interceptions and one block against England. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "World Cup schedule, TV and streaming info: Belgium-Tunisia, South Korea-Mexico, Germany-Sweden," 22 June 2018 A few years ago, Newsome became acquainted with Americana stalwart Jim Lauderdale through his friendship with Stanley. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Frank Newsome Muses on Faith, Geography and the Past on His New Record, 'Gone Away With a Friend'," 22 June 2018 The Miracle Spot Treatment Possibly the most surprising product of the bunch is this stalwart nasal spray. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Drugstore Beauty Staples Every Woman Should Own," 1 Mar. 2019 In 2010, this stalwart regional festival put itself on the national map by opening a gem of a concert hall, intimate in scale and breathtaking in its design, with a wall of glass behind the stage overlooking the sea. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits," 17 June 2018 How teams value late-bloomer Clint Capela of the Rockets and defensive stalwart DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers will likely impact where Randle ends up, too. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "How will Julius Randle impact the Mavericks NBA Draft plans and how much will he cost?," 5 June 2018 Respected leader and defensive stalwart helped young team to 16-12 record and appearance in regional final. Matt Le Cren, Naperville Sun, "Announcing the 2017-18 Naperville Sun Girls Basketball All-Area Team," 10 Mar. 2018

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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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stalwart

adjective

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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