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

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 Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, a stately plantation house, is outside Nashville. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 20 Aug. 2022 The holiday decorations fill the vast, stately house. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 The couple live in the surrounding neighborhood, Fondren, a tony area of sprawling lawns and stately homes that’s also suffered this week, their water unreliable. Molly Hennessy-fiske, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2022 Squint at the front of the 1917 Colonial Revival-style house at 2331 S.W. Cactus Dr., however, and potential buyers may be able to visualize the once-stately residence architect Morris Whitehouse designed for retail entrepreneur Julius Lippitt. oregonlive, 31 July 2022 Tall and stately, Chun Wai Chan stood near the center of the studio. New York Times, 28 July 2022 Fake the look of a storied space—or accent an already stately home—with a painting technique that lends a sense of history and texture to your walls. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 12 Aug. 2022 What was once the stately home of Civil War Union General Philip Sheridan’s widow and their three daughters for nearly five decades and later transformed into a Greek Embassy is awaiting yet another rebirth. Kellie Speed, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The Richmond property was a three-story brick building with stately columns; at about $650 a month, the rental seemed like a good find. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stately

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

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“Stately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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