- Dignity is defined as the personal quality of being worthy of honor.
An example of dignity is the respect paid to an elder member in the family.
dignity definition by Webster's New World
- the quality of being worthy of esteem or honor; worthiness
- high repute; honor
- the degree of worth, repute, or honor
- a high position, rank, or title
- loftiness of appearance or manner; stateliness
- proper pride and self-respect
- Archaic a dignitary
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French dignite ; from Classical Latin dignitas, worth, merit ; from dignus, worthy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dek-, to receive, be fitting from source décor, docile
dignity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. dig·ni·ties
- The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
- Inherent nobility and worth: the dignity of honest labor.
- a. Poise and self-respect.b. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance.
- The respect and honor associated with an important position.
- A high office or rank.
- dignities The ceremonial symbols and observances attached to high office.
- Archaic A dignitary.
Origin: Middle English dignite, from Old French, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.