stat·​ure | \ ˈsta-chər How to pronounce stature (audio) \

Definition of stature

1 : natural height (as of a person) in an upright position
2 : quality or status gained by growth, development, or achievement

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Examples of stature in a Sentence

The university has grown in stature during her time as president. a man of surprisingly great stature
Recent Examples on the Web The family moved to public housing in East Harlem where Mr. Morales, who is small in stature, learned to fight. New York Times, 13 May 2022 In truth, Powell, shorter than Teller in stature and blessed with a too-perfect grin, is the Cruisier of the two. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2022 Easy to assemble and slim in stature, the WandVac is ideal for quick spruce-ups without all the fuss larger vacuums can require. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Despite being smaller in stature at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Jones has a knack for being around the ball and making plays. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 The lineup continues to grow in stature every year, befitting the festival's rise to the top of the festival circuit. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Pacman is a gentle giant, large in stature and friendly in conversation. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Not unlike Zellars, a man who was small in stature. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 30 Mar. 2022 Tiny in stature, as befits a former Christmas ornament, Marco Polo hasn’t had much opportunity to live up to his adventurous name. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stature

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stature

Middle English, from Anglo-French estature, stature, from Latin statura, from status, past participle of stare to stand — more at stand

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21 May 2022

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“Stature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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stat·​ure | \ ˈsta-chər How to pronounce stature (audio) \

Kids Definition of stature

1 : a person's height He's of rather small stature.
2 : quality or fame gained (as by growth or development) A writer of her stature should produce better work.


stat·​ure | \ ˈstach-ər How to pronounce stature (audio) \

Medical Definition of stature

: natural height (as of a person) in an upright position

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