1. the height of a human or animal body.
  2. the height of any object.
  3. 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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British Dictionary definitions for statures


  1. the height of something, esp a person or animal when standing
  2. the degree of development of a personthe stature of a champion
  3. 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 statures



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.

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statures in Medicine


  1. The height of a person.
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