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 Based on his stature, our best guess is Agent Petey got a little too caught up in his superhero thesis work and tried to become one himself. Time, "All the Questions We Still Have After the End of Watchmen," 16 Dec. 2019 For patients with achondroplasia, the natural process by which cartilage turns into bone is interrupted, resulting in shorter stature, a bowing of the spine, and the risk of serious medical complications. Damian Garde, STAT, "A controversial dwarfism drug, after clearing pivotal study, heads to the FDA," 16 Dec. 2019 For those unfamiliar with her past stature, there are some subtle hints. Rick Kogan,, "Where’s celebrated chef Jackie Shen? She’s thriving in Michigan, running a cafe.," 6 Nov. 2019 However, Tree doesn’t seem too tall, and Gasteyer’s 5’7″ stature (plus heels) might count her out. Rachel Yang,, "The Masked Singer predictions: EW's picks for which celebs are under the masks," 24 Oct. 2019 His smile, his stature, his passion, and his willingness to learn will never be forgotten. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Mourners gather to remember fallen Houston firefighter," 26 Sep. 2019 Small in stature, big in personality, Dom exuded a strong presence as a father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a friend to many, leaving a significant void in our lives with his passing., "Dominick J. LaCava," 3 Aug. 2019 According to local legend, the man was compared to Buddha due to his short, heavy stature. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's quirky place names and how they came to be," 15 July 2019 Still, Harper is small in stature, which could be a problem on defense in the NBA. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns Summer League: Auburn's 'overlooked' Jared Harper on intriguing roster," 4 July 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stature.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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