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 clip garnered attention from a number of NFL players who indicated the young player should have shown more respect for and maybe tried to learn something from a player of Newton’s stature. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "High school football player apologizes for heckling Cam Newton at youth tournament," 22 Feb. 2021 A year after Cheng’s arrival, a popular uprising vaulted the then–largely unknown Suu Kyi to seraphic stature, before it was put down by the military. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "Was Myanmar’s Coup Really a Win for Beijing?," 22 Feb. 2021 The government backed down to avoid bloodshed, raising the family’s stature in far-right circles. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Ammon Bundy, veteran of armed standoffs, builds militia network on COVID-19 backlash," 14 Feb. 2021 And as fossil-fuel companies continue losing wealth and stature, their influence over the Republican Party may recede. New York Times, "The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy. Really.," 11 Feb. 2021 The notion that a scholar of Thapar’s stature would need to submit her credentials for reevaluation sparked outrage. Washington Post, "In the battle over India’s history, Hindu nationalists square off against a respected historian," 3 Jan. 2021 And that doesn’t factor the challenges the neighborhood faced before the pandemic, including competition from other local Chinatowns such as the one in Flushing, Queens, which has arguably eclipsed its Manhattan counterpart in size and stature. WSJ, "Covid-19 Tests Christmas Dining Traditions in Manhattan’s Chinatown," 23 Dec. 2020 Her husband’s stature in the community conferred a kind of protection. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men," 22 Dec. 2020 If a star of Cyrus’s stature is willing to speak out about the difficulty of remaining sober in a time of global emergency, maybe the stigma can be somewhat lessened. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Staying Sober—And Relapsing—During the Pandemic," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of stature was in the 14th century

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26 Feb 2021

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“Stature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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