stately

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From state +‎ -ly. Compare stour.

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AdjectiveEdit

stately (comparative statelier, superlative stateliest)

  1. Of people: worthy of respect; dignified, regal.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Warwick's first glance had revealed the fact that the young woman was strikingly handsome, with a stately beauty seldom encountered.
  2. Of movement: deliberate, unhurried; dignified.
    • 2010 October 14, “An Own Goal on Gay Rights”, in The Economist:
      And much as they welcome his promise to repeal "don't ask, don't tell", they are dismayed by the stately pace and bungled tactics of his attempts to do so.
  3. Grand, impressive, imposing.

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AdverbEdit

stately (comparative more stately, superlative most stately)

  1. In a stately manner.

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