- imposing; dignified; majestic
- slow, dignified, and deliberate: a stately pace
A large and impressive house is an example of something that would be described as stately.
Origin of statelyMiddle English statly from state state, rank ; see state .
(comparative statelier, superlative stateliest)
(comparative more stately, superlative most stately)
From state +"Ž -ly.