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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His stature both in his home country and in the Philadelphia area’s 15,000-strong Liberian expat community only fueled interest in his case. Kelly Brennan,, "Delco man convicted of hiding past as Liberian war criminal," 3 July 2018 Similarly, Prince Joffer hides his wealthy stature in America, pretending to be a poor foreigner. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "How 'Coming To America' paved the way for 'Black Panther' 30 years ago," 29 June 2018 South Florida's always-too-easy-to-overlook fourth professional team had a chance to make a summer splash that would have been the talk of the NHL and instantly elevated the franchise's stature league-wide and in its own crowded home market. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Panthers should have gone after championship coach, but here's why they had no interest," 21 June 2018 His stature in the Chicago blues scene has earned him a position on the volunteer committee that (among other things) helps book the Chicago Blues Festival. Matt Harvey, Chicago Reader, "Music Former Buddy Guy’s Legends manager opens a blues bar in Little Italy," 31 May 2018 Hochschild blames Trump for a diminution of the United States' stature in the world. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Pomfret School Alumni Share Thoughts On Trump, Putin, Jinping," 21 May 2018 Austin Aries has spent the last five months traveling the world collecting championships – which is a great testament to his high stature in the wrestling business, but also makes air travel a bit more of a hassle. Jay Reddick,, "Air travel can be rough on 'Belt Collector' Austin Aries," 12 Apr. 2018 Of similar stature in the photo world is Peter Lindbergh, whose British Vogue cover of Linda [Evangelista], Naomi [Campbell], Cindy [Crawford], Tatiana [Patitz] and Christy [Turlington] ignited the age of the supermodel. Colleen Kratofil,, "Britney Spears Poses in Denim Underwear as the Face of Kenzo's New Ad Campaign," 20 Mar. 2018 Recognized for his humanity, devotion and professionalism, Abedin was a man small in stature but big in heart. Hartford Courant,, "Abedin Aliaj," 30 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.

: 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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