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



Definition of stalwart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a stalwart person
2 : an unwavering partisan

Other Words from stalwart


stalwartly adverb
stalwartness noun

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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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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 While most Americans stop eating turkey leftovers somewhere before the four-day mark after the holiday has passed, a stalwart few — just under a quarter — typically keep eating turkey leftover four days or more after the holiday. Fred Backus, CBS News, 22 Nov. 2021 Far higher up the financial scale, even gemstone stalwart Tiffany & Co. is deviating from convention, selling a $6,200 rose-gold ring encrusted with a royal ribbon of pavé diamonds. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2021 The senior has been a stalwart all season, and the Division 3 semifinal was no different as DeMattio launched the Red Rocketeers into the Super Bowl after accounting for all four touchdowns in a 28-10 win over Billerica. Nate Weitzer,, 21 Nov. 2021 He was inducted during a ceremony in Toronto along with Ken Holland, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St-Pierre and Doug Wilson — an eight-time All-Star and stalwart Hawks defenseman from 1977-91. Phil Thompson,, 16 Nov. 2021 If that sounds outlandish, consider that the Navy’s current stalwart surface combatant, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is the product of a program that began in the early 1980s. David Axe, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 The latest stalwart defensive effort for Auburn came this past weekend against Ole Miss, when the Tigers put the clamps on the Rebels’ explosive offense in the second half. Tom Green |, al, 2 Nov. 2021 Castle Rock Entertainment, the stalwart content label founded in 1987 by partners including Rob Reiner and Alan Horn, is reviving its film production unit with a $175 million cash infusion. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 19 Oct. 2021 The Raptors will look a lot different without stalwart Kyle Lowry, who was shipped to Miami for an expiring deal in Goran Dragić and Precious Achiuwa. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And it was announced hours after Toshiba, a stalwart of Japanese industry, said it, too, would split itself into three., 12 Nov. 2021 By the end of the debate over Obamacare repeal, Jordan and fellow Freedom Caucus stalwart Mark Meadows were getting regular White house invitations. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 The episode was highly informative, mostly owing to Dodson, a then ninety-year-old stalwart of second-wave feminism who has since passed away, but one was left feeling more uncertain about Paltrow. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Directed by Angus MacLane, the film features Marvel stalwart Chris Evans as the voice of the eponymous spaceman. Nick Reilly, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2021 The Braves needed somebody to step into the job on an interim basis and tapped Snitker, a loyal stalwart who wouldn’t complain too loudly about inheriting a broken roster. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021 In the other is Derrick Henry, the Titans' stalwart running back who has led the NFL in rushing each of the past two seasons and is on a record-breaking pace this campaign with 783 yards in six games. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2021 The Moorings is the area’s charter stalwart with a slew of private yachts crewed by experienced captains; try Yachtlife for something splashier. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Oct. 2021 On defense, 3-star DB Rodney Johnson returned a punt 85 yards for a TD last week while DL Aaron Richard has committed to Princeton and Dre Kirkpatrick Jr. (son of former Tide and NFL star) is another DB stalwart. Dennis Victory, al, 19 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of stalwart


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stalwart


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

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English Language Learners Definition of stalwart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very loyal and dedicated
: physically strong



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

: a loyal supporter


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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