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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Aramis may be pint-sized in stature, but his personality is super-sized. Peninsula Humane Society, The Mercury News, "Pet of the week: Aramis," 7 June 2019 Cook has made user privacy one of his — and Apple’s — biggest talking points over the past few years, especially as Facebook has grown in stature and Google has remained dominant. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Tim Cook wants a GDPR for the rest of the world," 24 Oct. 2018 McQueen, much preferred by critics and growing in stature among them since his 1980 death, better embodied ’70s American cinema. James Freeman, WSJ, "Burt Reynolds and Washington’s ‘Senior’ Suspects," 7 Sep. 2018 Because of its small stature, scientists have struggled to properly study Phobos. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Takes Groundbreaking Photos of Mars' Weirdest Moon," 13 May 2019 Her style identifier is a tall, wide-brimmed hat that adds to her small stature. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019 Koshy is a small person, who offsets her diminutive stature with mugging and exaggeration — doing big things with her arms and her eyes and her mouth and her voice — as when an animal rears up or roars to scare off predators. Robert Lloyd,, "'Liza On Demand' review: A tough job, but some YouTube star has to do it," 27 June 2018 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

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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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