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[stawnch, stahnch] /stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ/
adjective, stauncher, staunchest.
firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person:
a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty:
He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
strong; substantial:
a staunch little hut in the woods.
impervious to water or other liquids; watertight:
a staunch vessel.
Also, stanch.
Origin of staunch2
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1
Related forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tommy with all his staunchness could not lift that overwhelming cloud.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • It was old Frank's staunchness that brought calamity upon him.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • All that structure finds its support and staunchness in what they call the cates, which are the buoys of which we have spoken.

  • He might be unscrupulous, he might be unreliable, but he stood by himself for staunchness and the will to help.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • We all of us recognize the staunchness of his principles; we all—all of us here assembled—know the excellence of his work.

    Such is Life Frank Wedekind
  • They induced the French to respect the staunchness of the German spirit.

  • I never saw such fine lines; and best of all, I dont think the builder has sacrificed anything in the way of staunchness to speed.

  • She had no room in her heart for staunchness: it was all submerged in love.

    The Heart of a Woman Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • He wondered if the day would ever come when she would exercise the same loyalty and staunchness on his behalf.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • But "Cummie" was staunch, with the old Scotch Covenanter staunchness.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
British Dictionary definitions for staunchness


loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
solid or substantial in construction
(rare) (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
Derived Forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
Word Origin
C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch


verb, noun
a variant spelling of stanch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for staunchness



early 15c., "impervious to water," from Old French estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, probably from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong, substantial" first recorded mid-15c.; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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