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stately

[steyt-lee] /ˈsteɪt li/
adjective, statelier, stateliest.
1.
majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.:
a stately home.
2.
adverb
3.
in a stately manner.
Origin of stately
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, stately is from the Middle English word statly. See state, -ly
Related forms
stateliness, noun
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  • Over the octagonal window, too, such draperies fell in stately lines.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Eudora paced down the sidewalk with a magnificent, stately gait.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • stately priests in long chitons paced to the music of flutes.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • Adv.: wsa fengel geatolc gengde, passed on in a stately manner, 1402.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • The stately residence of Monseigneur was altogether blighted and deserted.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for stately

stately

/ˈsteɪtlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner
adverb
2.
in a stately manner
Derived Forms
stateliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stately
adj.

"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.

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