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

Example Sentences

Do you have the stamina to finish the job?
Recent Examples on the Web Provides good nutrition, protein, and stamina at a reasonable price. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2023 For more hardcore cyclists looking for a wilderness adventure that will test their riding skills and stamina or just wanting to get far away from the maddening crowds, the Arkansas High Country Route may be just the ticket. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 23 Jan. 2023 The bet in Moscow—and the fear in Kyiv—is that the West will lose stamina before Russia suffers a decisive defeat. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2023 Steen began his journey toward February with summer workouts to improve his skills and stamina. Darren Day, Chicago Tribune, 6 Jan. 2023 Wolf had to develop driving stamina, her body adjusting to a punishing schedule of 11 hours a day, six days a week on the road. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 2 Jan. 2023 According to the makers of Red Boost, icariin will support healthy blood flow while boosting hardness, desire, and stamina. Jon Goodwin, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2022 Even relatively mild Covid can cramp your breathing and gym stamina for months. Carolyn Todd, Men's Health, 29 Dec. 2022 That kind of drive is important to building up what Meyer calls mental stamina. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 5 Feb. 2023.

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 surgeryJournal of the American Medical Association
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