What does stately mean?

Definitions for stately
ˈsteɪt listate·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stately.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baronial, imposing, noble, statelyadjective

    impressive in appearance

    "a baronial mansion"; "an imposing residence"; "a noble tree"; "severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses"; "stately columns"

  2. stately, statuesqueadjective

    of size and dignity suggestive of a statue

  3. courtly, formal, statelyadjective

    refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

    "a courtly gentleman"


  1. statelyadverb

    In a stately manner.

  2. statelyadjective

    Of people: regal, dignified; worthy of respect.

  3. statelyadjective

    Of movement: dignified; deliberate, unhurried.

  4. statelyadjective

    Imposing; grand, impressive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Statelyadjective

    Etymology: from state.

    A statelier pyramid to her I’ll rear,
    Than Rhodope’s or Memphis’ ever was. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    These regions have abundance of high cedars, and other stately trees casting a shade. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Truth, like a stately dome, will not shew herself at the first visit. South.

    He many a walk travers’d
    Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm. John Milton.

    He maintains majesty in the midst of plainness, and is stately without ambition, which is the vice of Lucan. Dryden.

  2. Statelyadverb


    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Ye that stately tread or lowly creep. John Milton.


  1. stately

    Stately refers to someone or something that is dignified, grand, majestic, or impressive in appearance or manner, often associated with elegance and formality. It can describe both people and objects like buildings or processions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stately

    evincing state or dignity; lofty; majestic; grand; as, statelymanners; a stately gait

  2. Statelyadverb

    majestically; loftily

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stately is ranked #72568 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stately surname appeared 268 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stately.

    57.8% or 155 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    26.1% or 70 total occurrences were White.
    10.4% or 28 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.7% or 10 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stately in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stately in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stately in a Sentence

  1. Senator Wicker:

    Some GOP senators're going to go from a nice, stately left wing liberal to someone who's probably more in the style of Sonia Sotomayor, i hope it's not someone like Sonia Sotomayor, who went for a hearing about the virus and start spouting off facts, which just two minutes later fact checkers all over the world were giving Sonia Sotomayor' Four Pinocchios' zone. I hope it's at least someone who will at least not misrepresent the facts. I think they will misinterpret the law.

  2. John Pearson:

    Like the old motto of a famous Sunday paper, 'All human life was there' in the stately circle of the Mountbatten-Windsors, as the family coped in semipublic with those everlasting elements of human interest-sickness, scandal, family tension and divorce.

  3. Benjamin Harrison:

    Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately homes or products of mill or field are our country It is the splendid thought that is in our minds.

  4. Roger Wicker:

    We’re going to go from a nice, stately liberal to someone who’s probably more in the style of Sonia Sotomayor, … I hope it’s at least someone who will at least not misrepresent the facts. I think they will misinterpret the law.

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    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
    A soft-witted
    B indiscernible
    C articulate
    D unsealed

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