from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
- n. Inherent nobility and worth: the dignity of honest labor.
- n. Poise and self-respect.
- n. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance.
- n. The respect and honor associated with an important position.
- n. A high office or rank.
- n. The ceremonial symbols and observances attached to high office.
- n. Archaic A dignitary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.
- n. Decorum, formality, stateliness.
- n. High office, rank, or station.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence.
- n. Elevation; grandeur.
- n. Elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment; exaltation.
- n. Quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; -- said of mien, manner, style, etc.
- n. One holding high rank; a dignitary.
- n. Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being worthy; nobleness or elevation of mind; worthiness: as, dignity of sentiments.
- n. Elevation; honorable place or elevated rank; degree of excellence, either in estimation or in the order of nature: as, man is superior in dignity to brutes.
- n. Elevation and repose of aspect or of deportment; nobility of mien: as, a man of native dignity; “dignity of attitude,”
- n. Height; importance; rank.
- n. An elevated office, civil or ecclesiastical; hereditary rank or title, or official distinction.
- n. The rank or title of a nobleman; the right to use a title of honor, originally in virtue of an estate and accompanied by an official function.
- n. One who holds high rank; a dignitary.
- n. Any honor conferred; promotion.
- n. In rhetoric, avoidance of unseemly or trivial tropes and figures.
- n. In astrology, a situation in which a planet has an influence more powerful than usual.
- n. A self-evident truth; an axiom.
- n. Majesty, stateliness, gravity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. high office or rank or station
- n. formality in bearing and appearance
- n. the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
Middle English dignite, from Old French, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dignitee, from Old French dignite, from Latin dignitas ("worthiness, merit, dignity, grandeur, authority, rank, office"), from dignus ("worthy, appropriate"), probably akin to decus ("honor, esteem") and decet ("it is fitting"). Cognate to deign. (Wiktionary)