stately

adjective
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 These people were residents with as much claim to the neighborhood as the owners of the stately homes that line Degnan north of the plaza. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased further in England last week, with tourist attractions such as stately homes and museums reopening to visitors for the first time in months. CNN, 24 May 2021 About 4 1/2 miles from downtown, Park Hill is full of flowering trees, stately brick homes and cozy bungalows. NBC News, 23 May 2021 The staff that stately homes retain these days mainly tend to the needs of visitors instead of their aristocratic owners. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, 10 May 2021 The stately brick house had curb appeal that Courtland Stevens just couldn't curb. Stephanie Hunt, Southern Living, 20 Mar. 2021 In a new commission from the artist and architect Maya Lin, the wide, flat lawns of Madison Square Park have been transformed into a forest of cedars, tall and stately. Marley Marius, Vogue, 10 May 2021 Three stately crab-apple trees that had recently aged out of existence, a couple of restaurants, and eighty-one victims of Covid-19. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 But worshipers wore face masks and practiced social distancing while enjoying the serenity and beauty of the outdoor setting beneath stately trees while seated in front of the grotto. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, 9 May 2021

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First Known Use of stately

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

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“Stately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stately. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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stately

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stately

: very impressive in appearance, manner, or size

stately

adjective
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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