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[steyt-lee] /ˈsteɪt li/
adjective, statelier, stateliest.
majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.:
a stately home.
in a stately manner.
Origin of stately
1350-1400; Middle English statly. See state, -ly
Related forms
stateliness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stately
  • It is simple yet stately, elegant yet informal, a private home and a working office.
  • The building's stately two-story lobby is distinguished by its complementing marble finishes and impressive rotunda.
  • Traffic is moving along at the stately pace of a third of a mile a day.
  • stately old mansions and sleek new condominiums skirt the palm-lined boulevards of this fashionable beach city.
  • Long viewed as a stately procession to a foregone conclusion, planetary formation turns out to be startlingly chaotic.
  • Whole streets, once lined with stately elms, were laid bare.
  • But surprise at the leaders' stately response reflects low expectations of them which, alas, they have often justified.
  • Miniature paintings feature rarefied motifs of plants, animals and architecture, and often show a stately symmetry in composition.
  • The large, stately computers jockey for space in the room.
  • stately pleasure domes are springing up all along the coast.
British Dictionary definitions for stately


adjective -lier, -liest
characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner
in a stately manner
Derived Forms
stateliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stately

"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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