- majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.: a stately home.
- in a stately manner.
Origin of stately
Examples from the Web for stately
Andrew Borden, his two daughters, Lizzie and Emma, and his wife, Abby, lived in the stately abode at 92 Second Street.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
There is no shortage of fine hotels in Montreal and here too, the small and cool mix with the old and stately.The Foodie Capital of Canada
May 31, 2014
Forty-five years ago Runyon referred to Harold as "my good friend, the tall and stately columnist for the New York Mirror."The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Sand has pushed through the stately houses in great waves, pouring through the doorways and filling the rooms.Namibia’s Spooky Skeleton Coast
March 5, 2014
Two hundred and forty miles west of Manhattan, in a stately red brick building perched atop a hill, the party monster waits.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act
February 28, 2014
Over the octagonal window, too, such draperies fell in stately lines.Within the Law
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
Adv.: wsa fengel geatolc gengde, passed on in a stately manner, 1402.Beowulf
People understood that Tellson's, in a stately way, tolerated the odd-job-man.A Tale of Two Cities
- characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner
- in a stately manner
Word Origin and History for stately
"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.