stately

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From state +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

stately (comparative statelier, superlative stateliest)

  1. Of people: regal, dignified; worthy of respect.
    • 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: dignified; deliberate, unhurried.
    • 2010, "An own goal on gay rights", The Economist, 14 Oct 2010:
      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. Imposing; grand, impressive.

Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

stately (comparative more stately, superlative most stately)

  1. In a stately manner.