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met·tle

 (mĕt′l)
n.
The ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances; determination or resolve: a race that tested the best runners' mettle.
Idiom:
on (one's) mettle
Prepared to accept a challenge and do one's best.

[Variant of metal.]
Word History: Not only do metal and mettle have exactly the same pronunciation, the two terms are—etymologically, at least—exactly the same word. Middle English borrowed metal from Old French in the 1200s; Old French metal, metail, came from Latin metallum, from Greek metallon, "mine, quarry, ore, metal." By the 1500s, English metal had also come to mean "the stuff one is made of, one's character," but there was no difference in spelling between the literal and figurative senses until about 1700, when the spelling mettle, originally just a variant of metal, was fixed for the sense "strength of character." English has numerous examples of similar word pairs that are (historically speaking) spelling variants of the same word, including flour/flower and lightening/lightning.

mettle

(ˈmɛtəl)
n
1. courage; spirit
2. inherent character
3. on one's mettle roused to putting forth one's best efforts
[C16: originally variant spelling of metal]

met•tle

(ˈmɛt l)

n.
1. courage and fortitude.
2. disposition or temperament: of fine mettle.
Idioms:
on one's mettle, ready to do one's best.
[1575–85; variant of metal, in metaphoric usages]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mettle - the courage to carry onmettle - the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear

mettle

noun
1. courage, spirit, resolution, resolve, life, heart, fire, balls (taboo slang), bottle (Brit. slang), nerve, daring, guts (informal), pluck, grit, bravery, fortitude, vigour, boldness, gallantry, ardour, valour, spunk (informal), indomitability, hardihood, gameness It's the first real test of his mettle this season.
2. character, quality, nature, make-up, stamp, temper, kidney, temperament, calibre, disposition He is of a different mettle from the others.

mettle

noun
Translations

mettle

[ˈmetl] Nánimo m, valor m
to be on one's mettleestar dispuesto a demostrar su valía
to put sb on his mettlepicar a algn en el amor propio or en el orgullo
to show one's mettlemostrar lo que uno vale

mettle

[ˈmɛtəl] ncourage m
to be on one's mettle → être prêt(e) à donner le meilleur de soi-même
We have to be on our mettle → Nous devons être prêts à donner le meilleur de nous-mêmes.

mettle

n (= spirit)Courage f, → Stehvermögen nt; (of horse)Zähigkeit f; (= temperament)Feuer nt; a man of mettleein Mann von echtem Schrot und Korn; to show one’s mettlezeigen, was in einem steckt; to test somebody’s mettle, to be a test of somebody’s mettle (thing)zeigen, was in jdm steckt; (person)herausfinden, was in jdm steckt; to be on one’s mettleauf dem Posten sein; to put somebody on his mettlejdn fordern

mettle

[ˈmɛtl] n to be on one's mettleessere pronto/a a dare il meglio di se stesso/a