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?
Recent Examples on the Web The bottom line: This will be a defining moment for the presidential election, especially when just days ago the conversation focused almost entirely on Democratic concerns that President Biden didn't have the stamina to win. Erin Alberty, Axios, 15 July 2024 Given the show's 10-month shooting schedule, stamina is part of the job. Vic Verbalaitis, Peoplemag, 13 July 2024 Follow Election 2024 In the two weeks since Biden’s poor performance in the first general election debate raised concerns over the president’s mental acuity, health and stamina, at least 20 Democratic lawmakers have called on him to step aside as the party’s nominee. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 12 July 2024 Biden said, disputing the premise of one reporter's question that referenced reports that Biden will stop holding campaign events past 8 p.m. because of concerns with his stamina. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for stamina 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'stamina.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

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

Dictionary Entries Near stamina

Cite this Entry

“Stamina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 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
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!