- 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.
- Impressive and dignified, as in size or appearance; majestic: stately mansions. See Synonyms at grand.
- Dignified and slow; measured: a stately procession; a dirge in a stately tempo.
Origin of statelyMiddle English statly, from state, state, rank; see State .
(comparative statelier, superlative stateliest)
(comparative more stately, superlative most stately)
- In a stately manner.
From state +â€Ž -ly.