stam·​i·​na | \ ˈsta-mə-nə \

Definition of stamina

Examples of stamina in a Sentence

Do you have the stamina to finish the job?

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The annual four-day festival is known to require an impressive amount of stamina—and an even more impressive suitcase, filled with eye-catching pieces bound to capture both hearts and shutters. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "14 Art Basel Beauty Staples for a Sunnier State of Mind," 6 Dec. 2018 Moving fast and preserving stamina were life-and-death battlefield attributes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 As one of the most powerful beings in the universe, Danvers can fly and is in possession of both superhuman strength and enough stamina to take on even the most feared supervillian—but the trailer only teases her abilities. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Could Captain Marvel Change Superhero Movies Forever?," 18 Sep. 2018 Alongside Kyrie Irving’s clutch jump shot, James’ hustle and stamina secured Cleveland’s first NBA championship. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "LeBron James: One man stands in the Warriors’ way," 30 May 2018 The crossover business-benefits are endless: greater stamina, higher confidence, firm chalky handshakes. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 Their stamina was apparently infectious, bolstering Simon’s energy time and time again. Zack Ruskin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Paul Simon bids a fond ‘Farewell’ at Oracle Arena with final Bay Area concert," 26 May 2018 There would be 20-hour days, taking green tea pills for stamina. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 2018 As for the rest of the match, Cincinnati's focus was maintaining stamina and earning three points, unlike Wednesday night when the club blew a two-goal lead in the second half and drew last-place Toronto FC II 3-3. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati beats Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 at Nippert, grows USL Eastern Conference lead," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of stamina

1726, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stamina

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

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English Language Learners Definition of stamina

: great physical or mental strength that allows you to continue doing something for a long time


stam·​i·​na | \ ˈsta-mə-nə \

Kids Definition of stamina

: the ability or strength to keep doing something for a long time


stam·​i·​na | \ ˈstam-ə-nə \

Medical Definition of stamina

: the strength or vigor of bodily constitution : capacity for standing fatigue or resisting disease restoration of weight, strength and stamina following recovery from major surgeryJournal of the American Medical Association

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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