stat·ure | \ ˈsta-chər \

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

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During her father’s recent saga her stature has risen. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 After scaling the volcano with Sandy, our hero uses his small stature and elasticity to set the charge—and the volcano erupts in bubbles, just as Sandy predicted. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 Scientists creating a record-breaking 49 genetically identical copies based on her genes, hoping to crack the genetic code behind her tiny stature. Fox News, "Trump eyes even higher tariffs as China trade war escalates," 7 July 2018 Blanco said that his teammates in Argentina gave him the nickname, Chucky, due to his diminutive stature and fearlessness. Jamie Goldberg,, "Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco celebrates game-winning goal by donning Chucky mask," 13 May 2018 Standing at 6 ft 2 in, the defender certainly possesses the physical stature to cope with the physical challenges of the English game., "Tottenham Put on Red Alert as Report Claims Ajax Starlet Wants to Leave the Club This Summer," 9 May 2018 Joel is gifted with a particularly resonant voice that belies his light physical stature. George Varga,, "Jackson Browne elated to perform benefit concerts for Quiltman, his Native American musician friend," 21 Feb. 2018 Cristiana Pașca Palmer, the executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, tells Watts the world needs a biodiversity pact the same stature as the Paris Climate Accords. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Australian Reptiles And a Toad Named After Gollum on Latest Endangered Species Update," 6 July 2018 Switzerland grew in stature after the break and were rewarded with a spectacular equaliser courtesy of Xhaka's 52nd-minute piledriver. Patrick Galey,, "Xhaka, Shaqiri lead Switzerland to comeback victory over Serbia," 22 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of stature

: the level of respect that people have for a successful person, organization, etc.

: a person's height


stat·ure | \ ˈsta-chər \

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 \

Medical Definition of stature 

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

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