stam·​i·​na | \ ˈsta-mə-nə How to pronounce stamina (audio) \

Definition of stamina

1 : 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
2 : 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 stamina— Joseph Allan Frank

Examples of stamina in a Sentence

Do you have the stamina to finish the job?

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The Crescenta Valley junior’s timing and patience showed in cross-country championship races, and his stamina played a huge part in track and field events during the season. Glendale News-Press, "Boys’ Athlete of the Year: Crescenta Valley’s Dylan Wilbur paced himself to track, cross-country success," 16 Aug. 2019 McCaffrey has worked hard this offseason on his stamina in anticipation of a greater workload. Steve Reed, The Denver Post, "Panthers expect less plays, more touches for RB Christian McCaffrey," 5 Aug. 2019 The bird has spent the past few weeks in the center’s outdoor pens, building up strength and stamina. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 This test of physical and emotional stamina involves racial profiling by police, discovering self-love as essential to masculinity, and racially charged media coverage of tennis great Serena Williams. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "‘Citizen’ challenges actors, Seattle audiences to examine everyday racism," 26 July 2019 For Lauren Luteran, though, just being able to dance requires much more strength and stamina than the average performer exhibits. Carmen Dipippo,, "Dancer with Cystic Fibrosis Competes in SYTYCD Academy Round: 'I'm Proud of Who I've Become'," 15 July 2019 Lastly, build your endurance and stamina with cardio exercises. Essence, "Ask An OB-GYN: What Kind Of Sex Can I Expect After Years Of Being Abstinent?," 26 July 2019 Peña had struggled so often to maintain stamina in his outings that the Angels chose in April to ease him into games by opening his appearances with an inning or two from relief pitchers. Maria Torres,, "Angels point to Tyler Skaggs’ spirit and numerical oddities after no-hitter," 13 July 2019 The missions appear to use stamina mechanics found in other free-to-play games. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Will ‘BTS World’ video game be a hit when it launches June 26?," 25 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce stamina (audio) \

Kids Definition of stamina

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


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

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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