- majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.: a stately home.
- in a stately manner.
Origin of stately
Examples from the Web for stateliness
The grass is lush and green, and the park is framed by the stateliness of Park Lane.Running the World
July 25, 2009
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
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.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Where's dignity, leisure, stateliness; where's Art and Eloquence?More Trivia
Logan Pearsall Smith
- characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner
- in a stately manner
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.