Meaning of stalwart

stal•wart

Pronunciation: (stôl'wurt), [key]
— adj.
  1. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.
  2. strong and brave; valiant: a stalwart knight.
  3. firm, steadfast, or uncompromising: a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
—n.
  1. a physically stalwart person.
  2. a steadfast or uncompromising partisan: They counted on the party stalwarts for support in the off-year campaigns.

Stal•wart

Pronunciation: (stôl'wurt), [key]
— n.
  1. a conservative Republican in the 1870s and 1880s, esp. one opposed to civil service and other reforms during the administrations of presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James A. Garfield.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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