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 In the 1970s, many stalwart newspapers and magazines, like Life, closed their doors, and journalists faced mass layoffs. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "The Artist Isn’t Dead," 4 Jan. 2021 The mantra entering the season remains the same: take the stalwart defensive structure and pair it with a decent offense — not elite or even above average, just middle of the pack — and the Stars will remain Stanley Cup contenders. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Will Rick Bowness’ Stars play like they did in the playoffs this season?," 29 Dec. 2020 Roberta McCain was a stalwart supporter of her son, John S. McCain III, during his 2008 presidential bid. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Gone but not forgotten: 12 trailblazing women we lost in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Justin Madubuike playing a second consecutive strong game to complement stalwart defensive end Derek Wolfe. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 40-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars," 21 Dec. 2020 Sacred Heart, the seven-time defending Seventh Region girls soccer champions, will go for an eighth consecutive title Wednesday, but to get there, the Valkyries had to overcome a stalwart Assumption squad as well as Mother Nature on Monday. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Sacred Heart, Manual advance to Seventh Region girls soccer finals," 20 Oct. 2020 While Texas' rural swaths remain deeply conservative and urban centers like Dallas remain stalwart Democratic turf, the Lone Star State’s suburbs are undergoing significant growth and change, both in terms of demographics and politics. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Spending in 12 key Texas U.S. House races is up 250% from 2016. Who has this ‘crazy money’?," 16 Oct. 2020 The rapid increase in activity has surprised even the most stalwart professionals who understand the local population experiencing homelessness the best. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronavirus outbreak detected at San Diego Convention Center homeless shelter," 10 Dec. 2020 As stalwart as the Aggies have been in the trenches, there are some bright spots for the Tigers to focus on. Giana Han, al, "Auburn defensive line hungry for win in the trenches," 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lierman, who lives in Fells Point, is the daughter of Maryland Democratic Party stalwart Terry Lierman. Washington Post, "Lierman launches bid for Maryland comptroller with goal of boosting equity," 17 Dec. 2020 Lineup stalwart Elvis Andrus has been benched, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa installed at shortstop so the Rangers could get a year-long evaluation of him there. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers’ roadmap to success in 2021 includes drafting deftly, a middle infield mandate and more," 12 Dec. 2020 Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative, which seeks sweeping amendments to the 2010 Constitution, is driven by a pact between president Uhuru Kenyatta and a seasoned opposition stalwart turned government ally, Raila Odinga. Westen K Shilaho, Quartz Africa, "Kenyans should reject the latest round of proposed constitutional changes," 7 Dec. 2020 Other notable borrowers include Deschutes Brewery, which borrowed $5.9 million; Ninkasi in Eugene, which borrowed $1.2 million; and Portland stalwart Breakside Brewery, which received $763,700. oregonlive, "A third of Oregon’s Paycheck Protection Program money went to 1.6% of loan recipients," 4 Dec. 2020 In the primary, Becerra beat back a challenge by then-Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a California Democratic Party stalwart. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "As Newsom mulls over a U.S. Senate pick, Latino lawmakers and activists say it’s their time," 3 Dec. 2020 An unctuous white producer (in a brilliant turn by theater stalwart Reed Birney) suggests that Blank’s character write the book for his Harriet Tubman musical. New York Times, "Best Theater of 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 Republican Andrew Garbarino will keep New York's 2nd Congressional District red — a seat that was formerly occupied by GOP stalwart Rep. Peter King. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "GOP's Andrew Garbarino keeps retired Rep. Peter King's New York district red," 23 Nov. 2020 Crooners in Fridley canceled the next month of its series of live seasonal shows featuring, among others, jazz thrush Karrin Allyson and country stalwart Sherwin Linton. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "COVID didn't steal Christmas concerts: Streaming shows in the Twin Cities," 20 Nov. 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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“Stalwart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stalwart. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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