[ steyt-lee ]
/ ˈsteɪt li /

adjective, state·li·er, state·li·est.

majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.: a stately home.


in a stately manner.

Nearby words

  1. statehood,
  2. statehooder,
  3. statehouse,
  4. stateless,
  5. statelet,
  6. stately home,
  7. statement,
  8. statement of claim,
  9. statement savings account,
  10. statements of case

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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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.

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