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 The prize comes amid increased public recognition for Ginsburg, a stalwart liberal voice on the court who underwent treatment for a tumor on her pancreas in August. BostonGlobe.com, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg wins $1m Berggruen Prize - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 The race features stalwart members of the establishment, such as Moncef Marzouki, who led the country after the uprising. The Economist, "Tunisia’s election features fed-up voters and bizarre candidates," 12 Sep. 2019 In addition to stalwart allies the UAE and Egypt, this definitely includes Israel. David Mednicoff, The Conversation, "Why increasing Arab-Israeli closeness matters," 29 Aug. 2019 The more difficult mental exercise would be considering what might have happened if the team didn’t shed complementary pieces, valued possession receivers and stalwart offensive linemen. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Mark Sanchez’s Career Deserves More Than to Be Defined by One Play," 23 July 2019 House Democrats have launched a series of wide-ranging probes of Trump and his administration, and the pace of those inquiries has sparked complaints from his fiercest critics and his most stalwart allies. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "House investigations of President Trump hit a wall of delay; demands for records, witnesses are mostly on hold," 10 June 2019 Johnston rocks playing the Witch, Lady Constance (a majestic feline) and the Sun, and Luckadoo delivers a stalwart heroine as Squire Adira. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "'Pip-Pip The Dragon' at Howard Community College delivers magic that is out of this world," 14 June 2019 The cornerstones of the peculiarly stalwart French sense of égalité and fraternité were to be loosened and perhaps eventually dissolved. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Local stalwarts Taft’s Ale House and Fifty West will be bringing a Rum barrel-aged, Belgian quad and a Wild farmhouse ale, respectively. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: That was a terrific World Series and I'm sick of the Bengals right now," 31 Oct. 2019 Ultimately, defensive stalwart Torrey Craig swatted away Devin Booker’s last-ditch layup and the Nuggets survived a thrilling 108-107 game against the Suns to improve to 2-0 on the season. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Torrey Craig’s overtime block saves Nuggets in home opener vs. Suns," 25 Oct. 2019 The Vista defense was led by stalwart senior safety Michael Medrano, who had 13 tackles, and defensive back Grady Chancellor, who had a 60-yard pick-six late in the third quarter. Scott Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Panthers’ ground game, defense dominate Wolverines," 18 Oct. 2019 The losses of Al Horford and defensive stalwart Aron Baynes in the middle could be more difficult to overcome. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics training camp opens Tuesday, and the Oct. 23 season opener against the 76ers is fast approaching. So with that in mind, here are 11 things you should know as the team tries to put last season’s sour finish in the rearview mirror.," 30 Sep. 2019 Rock musician and conservative stalwart Ted Nugent was in Lansing, Michigan, speaking against a ban on deer baiting and hunting, per MLive. Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com, "Flyover states have paid billions in tariffs, study says: The Flyover," 18 Sep. 2019 How much will the Dolphins miss defensive stalwart Cameron Wake? Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "Bucs, Dolphins, Jags seek answers to roster questions as training camps start," 25 July 2019 Barrafina, the Spanish tapas stalwart whose locations in Soho and Covent Garden routinely have hour-long waits, is less relentlessly overrun and every bit as charming in Kings Cross. Vogue, "Where to Stay and Eat in London’s Renewed King’s Cross Neighborhood," 16 Sep. 2019 In some ways, Fangio and Nagy are opposites across the NFL head-coaching spectrum: the old-school defensive stalwart and the young offensive innovator. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Matt Nagy and Vic Fangio, colleagues a year ago, will meet again Sunday in Denver — each looking for his 1st win of the season," 12 Sep. 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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The first known use of stalwart was in the 15th century

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stalwart

adjective
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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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