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

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The winger, who has been capped 77 times for Ukraine, has now revealed his joy at joining a club of West Ham's stature., "New West Ham Signing Reveals Excitement at Premier League Arrival After Tough Time With Dortmund," 13 July 2018 Bourdain also profiles Scott Bryan, who is a great chef — an innovator, a figure of stature among foodies, something Bourdain does not claim to be. Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY, "Our review: Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' captured restaurants' demented glory," 8 June 2018 Perhaps these Lions will be put in their place by Belgium, a team full of several Premier League stars of significantly higher stature. Brian Straus,, "England's New Three Lions Appear to Be a Different Animal at This World Cup," 24 June 2018 The judges also commented on the trim stature of the animal. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg Is Definitely the Rabbit on 'The Masked Singer.' Here's Why.," 12 Jan. 2019 Appearances on the global stage tend to elevate the stature of presidents both abroad and at home. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Fox News, "Trump challenges UN, boasting of America's go-it-alone might," 25 Sep. 2018 Appearances on the global stage tend to elevate the stature of presidents both abroad and at home. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump to meet with Netanyahu, chair Security Council meeting," 25 Sep. 2018 While his size isn’t favorable considering the smaller stature of Walker and rookie Malik Monk, his wingspan mitigates some of those defensive concerns. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Who are the top NBA prospects in Charlotte this week? Should they be on Hornets’ radar? | Charlotte Observer," 15 Mar. 2018 Multiple players this week diagnosed the poor start as a result of poor effort and energy out of the gate, yet had trouble defining the cause given the stature of the rivalry game. Danny Moran,, "Oregon State men's basketball 'close' but repeating same missteps heading to Bay Area," 31 Jan. 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 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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