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[stach-er] /ˈstætʃ ər/
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.
Origin of stature
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French estature < Latin statūra, equivalent to stat(us) past participle of stāre to stand + -ūra -ure
Can be confused
statue, stature, statute. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stature
  • 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.
  • The compensation and stature of these positions continue to be a draw.
  • Even though they may hold different ranks, or have different stature, they are all the same in that they are all faculty members.
  • For someone of his stature, the scholar has advised few graduate students.
  • As higher education emerged as a giant industry, faculty members also gained enormous public stature.
  • Finally, the team cross-checks age and stature and asks relatives if they recognize clothing.
  • The dream, stature and expected security to be realized from nuclear weapons will not disappear.
British Dictionary definitions for stature


the height of something, esp a person or animal when standing
the degree of development of a person: the stature of a champion
intellectual or moral greatness: a man of stature
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin statūra, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stature

c.1300, "height," from Old French stature, from Latin statura "height, size of body, size, growth," from stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Figurative sense first recorded 1834.

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stature in Medicine

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

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