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 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 As she became enveloped by stately columns of light at Little Caesars Arena, the 20-year-old pop star had just acknowledged the elephant in the room. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 13 Mar. 2022 Festive warm lights and garland wrap the stately columns, while Santas adorn the porch and balcony. Patrick Connolly,, 17 Dec. 2021 The nearly 2,000-square-foot unit still maintains its Old Hollywood style today with original walnut floors, stately columns and a 1930s marble fireplace. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Historic Accommodations Opened in 1933, is a stately historic landmark and the most elegant hotel in the area. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Inside, the couple complemented the home’s rich moldings and stately columns with an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern textiles, Asian and European antiques, and contemporary art. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 11 May 2021 From a stately wreath that involves upcycled book pages to colorful mini leaf cookies, there's something on our list for every experience level. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 19 July 2022 At the stately colonial-era compound where Rajapaksa lived amid elegance and luscious gardens, the past few days resembled a carnival. Hafeel Farisz, Washington Post, 13 July 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 12 Aug. 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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