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STATELY (statelier, stateliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stately mean? 

STATELY (adjective)
  The adjective STATELY has 3 senses:

1. impressive in appearance
2. of size and dignity suggestive of a statue
3. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

  Familiarity information: STATELY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STATELY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Impressive in appearance

Synonyms:

baronial; imposing; noble; stately

Context examples:

a baronial mansion / an imposing residence / a noble tree / severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses / stately columns

Similar:

impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)


Sense 2stately [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of size and dignity suggestive of a statue

Synonyms:

statuesque; stately

Similar:

tall (great in vertical dimension; high in stature)


Sense 3stately [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

Synonyms:

courtly; stately; formal

Context example:

a courtly gentleman

Similar:

dignified (having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance)


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