stature

noun
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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In a sign of Mr. Wang’s stature in Communist Party circles, a funeral was held for him Sunday at Babaoshan, the cemetery in Beijing reserved for party elite, Beijing Youth Daily reported. Amy Qin, BostonGlobe.com, "Wang Guodong, who painted and maintained Mao Zedong’s official portrait, dies at 88," 29 Aug. 2019 In a sign of Mr. Wang’s stature in Communist Party circles, a funeral was held for him on Sunday at Babaoshan, the cemetery in Beijing reserved for party elite, Beijing Youth Daily reported. New York Times, "Wang Guodong, Who Painted Mao Year After Year, Dies at 88," 28 Aug. 2019 Known for its classic Craftsman and Spanish-style turn-of-the-century homes, South Park has grown in stature in recent years, well-regarded as a lively, walkable neighborhood with diverse shops and foodie-friendly dining. San Diego Union-Tribune, "South Park: Historic homes mix with hip dining, shopping," 30 June 2019 The Scanner Briggs and co-counsel Tyler Smith plan to use Harris’ testimony to seek to downplay his leadership role and argue that his stature in the Ghost Ship community has been overstated. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: Ghost Ship defendant to testify, SF public defender’s spokeswoman shown the door," 17 June 2019 Even after the departure of 6-5 Shawn Poindexter, Arizona’s receiving corps has grown in stature. Michael Lev, azcentral, "It’s unclear if Arizona Wildcats receivers will be better, but wideouts are definitely bigger," 13 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors also argue that Christensen showed a lack of remorse for killing Zhang and that Zhang was particularly vulnerable because of her small stature and limited English-speaking abilities. Jamie Munks, chicagotribune.com, "Jury begins deliberations on possible death penalty for U. of I. killer Brendt Christensen," 17 July 2019 Still impressive in stature, Punctuation is nonetheless a shadow of her former self. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 Although small in stature, Cheddar has played a sizable role on the police comedy as Captain Holt’s cute sidekick. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The dog who played Cheddar on Brooklyn Nine-Nine has died," 11 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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stature

noun

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

stature

noun
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.

stature

noun
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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