Definition of staunch adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

staunch

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adjective
BrE BrE//stɔːntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stɔːntʃ//
 
 
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(stauncher, staunchest) strong and loyal in your opinions and attitude synonym faithful a staunch supporter of the monarchy one of the president’s staunchest allies a staunch Catholic Word Originadjective and adverb late Middle English (in the sense ‘watertight’: from Old French estanche, feminine of estanc, from a Romance base meaning ‘dried up, weary’. The current sense dates from the early 17th cent.
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