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stately

[steyt-lee] /ˈsteɪt li/
adjective, statelier, stateliest.
1.
majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.:
a stately home.
2.
adverb
3.
in a stately manner.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English statly. See state, -ly
Related forms
stateliness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stateliest

stately

/ˈsteɪtlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner
adverb
2.
in a stately manner
Derived Forms
stateliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stateliest

stately

adj.

"noble, splendid," late 14c., from state (n.1) in a sense of "costly and imposing display" (such as benefits a person of rank and wealth), early 14c.; a sense also preserved in the phrase to lie in state "to be ceremoniously exposed to view before interment" (1705). Hence also stateroom.

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