- strength of physical constitution; power to endure disease, fatigue, privation, etc.
Origin of stamina1
- a plural of stamen.
- the pollen-bearing organ of a flower, consisting of the filament and the anther.
Origin of stamen
Related Wordsgrit, energy, endurance, vitality, fortitude, resilience, heart, guts, force, power, zip, toleration, backbone, resistance, vim, moxie, tolerance, indefatigability, starch, legs
Examples from the Web for stamina
War,” wrote Clausewitz, “is an extreme trial of strength and stamina.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
Even as we cheer for her stamina, we shrink from her rapacity.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
He weighed only 185 pounds, but he had killer instincts and rabbit quickness and the stamina of a mule.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
The amount of strength, flexibility, stamina, everything it takes to be a gymnast is insane.'American Ninja Warrior' May Crown Its First Female Winner Kacy Catanzaro
September 1, 2014
He was smart and tough in the way of the hard worker, the long-distance runner, the gambler who wins on stamina.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
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.Riders of the Silences
I stood him for two years altogether, and then I guess my stamina broke.Lost Face
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.The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling
- enduring energy, strength, and resilience
- a plural of stamen
- the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a stalk (filament) bearing an anther in which pollen is produced
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).
- The male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a filament and a pollen-bearing anther at its tip. See more at anther flower.