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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
First recorded in 1350-1400, stately is from the Middle English word statly. See state, -ly
Related forms
stateliness, noun Unabridged
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  • I have explored its large and little streets, its stateliness and its slums.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • We marched along like this with all the stateliness and solemnity of camels!

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I prefer a tendency to stateliness to an excess of fellowship.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The stateliness of her figure completed the impression of a Roman matron.

  • Where's dignity, leisure, stateliness; where's Art and Eloquence?

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  • A vision of Cecilia swam before him, gracious in stateliness.

  • The stateliness of the youth struck me: he held himself like an emperor.


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  • It has a stateliness which makes it well adapted to dignified themes.

  • The sugar in her mouth did not impair the stateliness of her manner and utterance.

    The Last Entry William Clark Russell
British Dictionary definitions for stateliness


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 stateliness



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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