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[stawnch, stahnch]
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adjective, staunch·er, staunch·est.
  1. firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person: a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
  2. characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty: He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
  3. strong; substantial: a staunch little hut in the woods.
  4. impervious to water or other liquids; watertight: a staunch vessel.
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Origin of staunch2

1375–1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1
Related formsstaunch·ly, adverbstaunch·ness, noun


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1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound.
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British Dictionary definitions for staunchness


  1. loyal, firm, and dependablea staunch supporter
  2. solid or substantial in construction
  3. rare (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
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Derived Formsstaunchly, adverbstaunchness, noun

Word Origin

C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch


verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of stanch
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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.

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