the height of a human or animal body.
the height of any object.
degree of development attained; level of achievement: a minister of great stature.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French estature < Latin statūra, equivalent to stat(us) past participle of stāre to stand + -ūra -ure

statue, stature, statute. Unabridged
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stature (ˈstætʃə)
1.  the height of something, esp a person or animal when standing
2.  the degree of development of a person: the stature of a champion
3.  intellectual or moral greatness: a man of stature
[C13: via Old French from Latin statūra, from stāre to stand]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "height," from O.Fr. stature, from L. statura "height, size of body, size, growth," from stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Figurative sense first recorded 1834.
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Medical Dictionary

stature stat·ure (stāch'ər)
The height of a person.

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Example sentences
The giraffe's stature can be a disadvantage as well-it is difficult and
  dangerous for a giraffe to drink at a water hole.
By any measure, re-establishing the stature enjoyed by the ancient library will
  be a tall order.
Decreased head size usually reflects decreased stature, which is a biological
  indicator of a population's declining health.
Fame and its synonyms meant an illustrious eminence, a stature accrued from
  having led a consequential life.
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