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stately

[steyt-lee]
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adjective, state·li·er, state·li·est.
  1. majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.: a stately home.
  2. dignified.
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adverb
  1. in a stately manner.
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Origin of stately

First recorded in 1350–1400, stately is from the Middle English word statly. See state, -ly
Related formsstate·li·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for stately

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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.

  • 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

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner
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adverb
  1. in a stately manner
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Derived Formsstateliness, 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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