state·​ly | \ ˈstāt-lē How to pronounce stately (audio) \
statelier; stateliest

Definition of stately

1a : marked by lofty or imposing dignity
2 : impressive in size or proportions

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Other Words from stately

stateliness noun
stately adverb

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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

Examples of stately in a Sentence

the governor watched with stately aloofness as his wife charmed the party guests a stately dowager in an evening gown
Recent Examples on the Web With just the one permanent-magnet synchronous motor, the 450+ glides to 60 mph in a stately 5.9 seconds. Dan Neil, WSJ, 23 July 2021 The action will happen underneath the five stately arches of the Taggart Memorial, which holds almost a century of history. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 22 July 2021 Opponents, led by longtime civic leaders, argued the redesign could spell certain doom for most of the 150-year-old elm trees whose stately rows and leafy green canopy are among the park’s most beloved features. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 Relatively new to the San Diego hotel scene is The Guild, located in the Gaslamp Quarter in a stately space that once housed a YMCA. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 20 July 2021 The home that occupies it was built in 1939 with a stately façade with columns. Dallas News, 18 July 2021 And the complexes' names have evolved with the times, from stately and straightforward to quirky and catchy. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 The building’s façade is a modern take on the traditional Colonial Georgian style, distinguished by its grand entrance with stately columns on either side. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 9 July 2021 Souvenir shops have opened for the first time since a stay-at-home order cleared the streets, and foot traffic is steady in front of the stately Pui Tak Center. Nicole Stock,, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of stately

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Jul 2021

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“Stately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stately

: very impressive in appearance, manner, or size


state·​ly | \ ˈstāt-lē How to pronounce stately (audio) \
statelier; stateliest

Kids Definition of stately

: impressive in size or dignity stately oaks stately homes

Other Words from stately

stateliness noun

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Nglish: Translation of stately for Spanish Speakers


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