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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If Bolsonaro can reverse those trends, then Brazilians see that as a chance to regain their stature in the world. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Decoding Bolsonaro’s “make Brazil great” foreign policy," 31 Oct. 2018 His stature in court, his fighting hand, his crop of golden hair, his tense relationship with his father, his even tenser relationship with his kids, his bad reputation, his good reputation: by now, all of that is gone. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Game of Thrones Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Hints at Jaime’s Heartbreaking Conclusion," 25 June 2018 Keller is getting replaced by Pete Bannon, who has quite the industry stature in his own right. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Loses Its Self-Driving Architect," 26 Apr. 2018 Regardless of Markkanen’s stature now, LaVine clearly represented the biggest piece in the return for Butler, which is why some in the Timberwolves organization favored including Wiggins in the deal instead. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls must match Zach LaVine's 4-year, $78M offer sheet from Kings to keep rebuild's momentum," 6 July 2018 There is no one of deGrom’s stature but the way manager Craig Counsell uses his starters, as a bridge to the relief corps, trading for an ace might not be worth the cost in prospects. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Should Brewers add a bat or an arm? Or both? Those discussions are ongoing," 29 June 2018 Romney’s stature as the GOP’s 2012 nominee and his return to national leadership would intensify scrutiny of his relationship to Trump and the president’s fervent base. Annie Linskey,, "Mitt Romney wins GOP primary for Senate in Utah," 26 June 2018 Mark was coming up with dead ends while trying to find something that explains Luke’s stature in Franklin. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Luke Kennard was groomed to be NBA player — by his dad," 17 June 2018 Finding a replacement for Lasseter, the first animator at Pixar who directed the studio’s first three films in the 1990s, will be difficult — but not as hard as if Disney needed to replace a leader of Iger’s stature, Begley said. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pixar’s still mum about Lasseter’s return, six months after leave," 31 May 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.
somewhat formal : 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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