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

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The Americans had experience facing stalwart defenses like Sweden and Spain over the past few weeks, but no unit had been this organized or committed to defending as the Netherlands. Laken Litman, SI.com, "Rapinoe, Lavelle Recover to Lead USWNT to Historic Fourth World Cup Title," 7 July 2019 The headliners themselves were stalwart custodians of their fans’ own teen dreams. Marc Hirsh, BostonGlobe.com, "New Kids play generous hosts in TD Garden show," 29 June 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In their wake came the appointment in January of the highly respected CBS stalwart Susan Zirinsky to replace David Rhodes as the head of the news division. Washington Post, "‘Time to shake things up’: Norah O’Donnell takes over at ratings-challenged CBS Evening News.," 11 July 2019 This has been a life-changing summer already for Jordan Cornette, the former Notre Dame basketball stalwart turned television personality. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Late brother's memory still drives Jordan Cornette as he heads to new ACC Network," 3 July 2019 Brewster isn’t the only Fast stalwart returning for the latest film, as Justin Lin is back in the director’s chair after helming the franchise’s third, fourth, fifth, and sixth installments. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Jordana Brewster is officially back for Fast & Furious 9," 27 June 2019 Andre Iguodala had a go-ahead 3 in Game 2, but the 35-year-old stalwart has fought through various ailments ever since Durant’s injury. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors explain what it will take to overcome 3-1 series deficit to Raptors," 8 June 2019 The mall stalwarts are joining a parade of brands that are shrinking their footprints while giants like Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. grab a growing share of consumer spending. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Economy’s Growth Track; Retrenching Retailers; Tesla Goes Online," 1 Mar. 2019 Julie Ertz, a back-line stalwart, transitioned to defensive midfield. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "The woman behind the U.S. soccer success," 23 June 2019 Julie Ertz, a back-line stalwart, transitioned to defensive midfield. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "Jill Ellis quietly sits at the heart of U.S. juggernaut in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 23 June 2019 Amidst all the secrets and lies (big and little) on HBO’s hit series, there stands Ed Mackenzie (Adam Scott), Madeline’s (Reese Witherspoon) stalwart, loyal husband, always willing to go to the mat for his wife, daughter, and step-daughter. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Big Little Lies' Adam Scott on Madeline's huge betrayal, the 'extremely dangerous' Mary Louise," 17 June 2019

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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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