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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: estanche, from estancher; STAUNCH2

staunch

1 adjective
     
staunch1 [only before noun]
giving strong loyal support to another person, organization, belief etc [= steadfast]:
a staunch conservative
staunch supporter/ally/advocate
one of Bush's staunchest supporters
staunchly adverb
staunchness noun [uncountable]

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