mettle

[ met-l ]
/ ˈmɛt l /

noun

courage and fortitude: a man of mettle.
disposition or temperament: a man of fine mettle.

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Idioms for mettle

    on one's mettle, in the position of being incited to do one's best: The loss of the first round put him on his mettle to win the match.

Origin of mettle

1575–85; spelling variant of metal, in metaphoric usages

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mettle

medal, meddle, metal, mettle
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British Dictionary definitions for mettle

mettle
/ (ˈmɛtəl) /

noun

courage; spirit
inherent character
on one's mettle roused to putting forth one's best efforts

Word Origin for mettle

C16: originally variant spelling of metal
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