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The definition of stately is someone or something with a majestic and dignified manner.
A large and impressive house is an example of something that would be described as stately.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
adjective statelier, stateliest
- imposing; dignified; majestic
- slow, dignified, and deliberate: a stately pace
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Dignified and impressive, as in size or proportions. See Synonyms at grand.
- Majestic; lofty.
In a ceremonious or imposing manner.
Origin: Middle English statly, from state, state, rank; see State .