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stal·wart / ˈstôlwərt/ • adj. loyal, reliable, and hardworking: he remained a stalwart supporter of the cause. ∎ dated strongly built and sturdy: he was of stalwart build.• n. a loyal, reliable, and hardworking supporter or participant in an organization or team: the stalwarts of the Ladies' Auxiliary.DERIVATIVES: stal·wart·ly adv.stal·wart·ness n.