[ steyt-lee ]
/ ˈsteɪt li /

adjective, state·li·er, state·li·est.

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 formsstate·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stately


/ (ˈsteɪtlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner


in a stately manner
Derived Formsstateliness, noun
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