adjective state·ly \-lē\

: very impressive in appearance, manner, or size


Full Definition of STATELY

a :  marked by lofty or imposing dignity
b :  haughty, unapproachable
:  impressive in size or proportions
state·li·ness noun
stately adverb

Examples of STATELY

  1. <the governor watched with stately aloofness as his wife charmed the party guests>
  2. <a stately dowager in an evening gown>

First Known Use of STATELY

15th century

Synonym Discussion of STATELY

grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity <a grand staircase>. magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste <magnificent paintings>. imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness <an imposing edifice>. stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement <the stately procession>. majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur <a majestic waterfall>. grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience <grandiose hydroelectric projects> but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration <grandiose schemes>.

Rhymes with STATELY

STATELIEST Defined for Kids


adjective state·ly \ˈstāt-lē\

Definition of STATELY for Kids

:  impressive in size or dignity <stately oaks> <stately homes>
state·li·ness noun


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