stately

adjective state·ly \ -lē \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of stately

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

stateliness

noun

stately

adverb

Examples of stately in a Sentence

  1. the governor watched with stately aloofness as his wife charmed the party guests

  2. a stately dowager in an evening gown

Recent Examples of stately from the Web

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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


STATELY Defined for English Language Learners

stately

adjective

Definition of stately for English Language Learners

  • : very impressive in appearance, manner, or size


STATELY Defined for Kids

stately

adjective state·ly \ ˈstāt-lē \

Definition of stately for Students

statelier; stateliest
: impressive in size or dignity
  • stately oaks
  • stately homes

stateliness

noun


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