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Origin of stamina

1535–45; < Latin, plural of stāmen thread (see stamen); i.e., the life-threads spun by the Fates


  1. a plural of stamen.


[stey-muh n]
noun, plural sta·mens, stam·i·na [stam-uh-nuh] /ˈstæm ə nə/. Botany.
  1. the pollen-bearing organ of a flower, consisting of the filament and the anther.

Origin of stamen

1640–50; < Latin stāmen warp in upright loom, thread, filament, equivalent to stā(re) to stand + -men noun suffix; akin to Greek stḗmōn warp, Sanskrit sthāman place
Related formssta·mened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stamina

Contemporary Examples of stamina

Historical Examples of stamina

  • Came a night at last when stamina and hope and grit won the long, long fight.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • Every man of them was marked for courage and stamina and wild daring.

  • I stood him for two years altogether, and then I guess my stamina broke.

    Lost Face

    Jack London

  • They just weren't used to it; they wouldn't have the stamina to take it.

    But, I Don't Think

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Prepare the stamina from this piece of wax by snipping the proper number.

British Dictionary definitions for stamina


  1. enduring energy, strength, and resilience
Derived Formsstaminal, adjective

Word Origin for stamina

C19: identical with stamina ² from Latin stāmen thread, hence the threads of life spun out by the Fates, hence energy, etc


  1. a plural of stamen


noun plural stamens or stamina (ˈstæmɪnə)
  1. the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a stalk (filament) bearing an anther in which pollen is produced
Derived Formsstaminal (ˈstæmɪnəl), adjectivestaminiferous (ˌstæmɪˈnɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for stamen

C17: from Latin: the warp in an upright loom, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stamina

1670s, "rudiments or original elements of something," from Latin stamina "threads," plural of stamen (genitive staminis) "thread, warp" (see stamen). Sense of "power to resist or recover, strength, endurance" first recorded 1726 (originally plural), from earlier meaning "congenital vital capacities of a person or animal," also in part from Latin application to the threads spun by the Fates to determine the length and course of one's life, and partly from a figurative use of Latin stamen "the warp (of cloth)" on the notion of the warp as the "foundation" of a fabric.



"pollen-bearing organ of a flower," 1660s, from Modern Latin (1625, Spigelus), from Latin stamen "stamen" (Pliny), literally "thread of the warp" in the upright loom (related to stare "to stand"), from PIE *sta-men- (cf. Greek stemon "warp," also used by Hesychius for some part of a plant, Gothic stoma, Sanskrit sthaman "place," also "strength"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stamina in Science


Plural stamens stamina (stāmə-nə, stămə-)
  1. The male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a filament and a pollen-bearing anther at its tip. See more at anther flower.
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stamina in Culture



The organ of a flower on which the pollen grows.

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