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?
Recent Examples on the Web For many workers, those hours have been a badge of honor, proof of superior stamina and commitment to the craft. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 28 Sep. 2021 Tucker wants that type of late-game stamina to carry into Big Ten play, which resumes Saturday at home against Nebraska (7 p.m./FS1). Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2021 Navigating the unknown and building a company from nothing requires lots of mental stamina and a conscious approach to making decisions and learning from past mistakes. Miruna Girtu, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Setting it up, however, required a bit of stamina and the help of a taller friend to drape the fabric over the transverse pole. Stephanie Krikorian, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2021 Nobody is saying it’s an Ironman, but professional video gaming requires plenty of physical and mental stamina. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 2 May 2021 If you’ve been getting distracted or been procrastinating, this transit may give you a boost of celestial stamina. Elizabeth Gulino,, 18 Apr. 2021 And still, through it all, there is determination; there are stories of giving and hope, of stamina and perseverance. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 11 Mar. 2021 But the cast had already been convening throughout the pandemic for these miles-long, leisurely (or not) bike rides around town, led by Byrne, who is 69 and has the stamina of an athlete and the curiosity of a cultural omnivore. New York Times, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of stamina

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stamina

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

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10 Oct 2021

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“Stamina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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