stam·​i·​na ˈsta-mə-nə How to pronounce stamina (audio)
: the bodily or mental capacity to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity : endurance
a workout program that builds strength and stamina
These horses are bred for speed and stamina.
The use of pharmaceuticals to enhance memory, focus, and mental stamina in healthy brains is known generally as cognitive enhancement …Paul McFedries
: the moral or emotional strength to continue with a difficult process, effort, etc. : staying power
The network of obligations to family and community underpinned the soldier's moral staminaJoseph Allan Frank

Examples of stamina in a Sentence

Do you have the stamina to finish the job?
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Word History


Latin, plural of stamen warp, thread of life spun by the Fates

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stamina was in 1726

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Cite this Entry

“Stamina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


stam·​i·​na ˈstam-ə-nə How to pronounce stamina (audio)

Medical Definition


stam·​i·​na ˈstam-ə-nə How to pronounce stamina (audio)
: the strength or vigor of bodily constitution : capacity for standing fatigue or resisting disease
restoration of weight, strength and stamina following recovery from major surgeryThe Journal of the American Medical Association
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