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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)

Sense 1stately [BACK TO TOP]


Impressive in appearance


baronial; imposing; noble; stately

Context examples:

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


impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)

Sense 2stately [BACK TO TOP]


Of size and dignity suggestive of a statue


statuesque; stately


tall (great in vertical dimension; high in stature)

Sense 3stately [BACK TO TOP]


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


courtly; stately; formal

Context example:

a courtly gentleman


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

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