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 Like the mountains, the monarchy’s stature remains undiminished by Bhutan’s fledgling democracy. Chris Jones, WSJ, "A Rare Look at One of the World’s Most Isolated Mountain Treks," 4 Feb. 2020 Already a cult favorite and a critical darling, the HBO drama is destined to grow in stature as more viewers over time discover its unique power. Oliver Staley, Quartzy, "The 2010s will be remembered as the decade of avocado toast and BTS," 29 Nov. 2019 Any relationship worth having will grow in stature, but people who don't have your best interests at heart will fade into the background. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 7, 2019: Libra, ignore those who push your buttons; Aquarius, raise expectations," 7 Nov. 2019 In the final pages, the CSO brass produced a radiant, regal chorale, reaffirming the section’s stature under new principal trumpet Esteban Batallan and veteran principal trombone Jay Friedman. Howard Reich,, "Thursday’s CSO concert featured 2 debuts. One was impressive.," 10 Oct. 2019 But within the drumming community, his stature is beyond iconic. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Neil Peart of Rush has died at 67: A tribute to rock's greatest drummer," 10 Jan. 2020 Prominent Republicans said Pompeo’s stature isn’t likely to dip with fellow Republicans because of the impeachment hearings., "Impeachment intensifies buzz about Pompeo run for US Senate - The Boston Globe," 21 Nov. 2019 Prominent Republicans said Pompeo’s stature isn’t likely to dip with fellow Republicans because of the impeachment hearings. Washington Post, "Impeachment intensifies buzz about Pompeo run for US Senate," 20 Nov. 2019 And that’s pretty sad because if even if the Demon Deacons are having a good year, Florida State’s stature as a program should be such that losing to them is a big event. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Misery Index: Wisconsin won't be able to erase the ugly mark on its résumé after loss to Illinois," 20 Oct. 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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18 Feb 2020

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“Stature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 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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