the height of a human or animal body.
the height of any object.
degree of development attained; level of achievement: a minister of great stature.

Origin of stature

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French estature < Latin statūra, equivalent to stat(us) past participle of stāre to stand + -ūra -ure
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Historical Examples of stature

  • They understand it, up to the level of their own stature; they know who loves them, but not who loves virtue.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • In stature he was about five feet eleven inches, and was apparently as agile as a leopard.


    Scian Dubh

  • Some of these, it was said, were of nearly twice his stature.

  • He was then not quite forty years of age, almost of my stature--that is to say, a tall man.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • He was somewhat beneath my stature, but formed with perfect delicacy.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for stature



the height of something, esp a person or animal when standing
the degree of development of a personthe stature of a champion
intellectual or moral greatnessa man of stature

Word Origin for stature

C13: via Old French from Latin statūra, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stature

c.1300, "height," from Old French stature, from Latin statura "height, size of body, size, growth," from stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Figurative sense first recorded 1834.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for stature




The height of a person.
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