Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or quality of being stately; loftiness of mien or manner; majestic appearance; dignity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being stately.

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  • noun The quality or state of being stately

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun impressiveness in scale or proportion
  • noun an elaborate manner of doing something

Etymologies

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stately +‎ -ness

Examples

  • … She had a dignity so natural and certain that it deserved the name of stateliness.

    The Last Empress

  • The composition is specially beautiful, the sides are well-balanced, while the two mounted soldiers on either side (notwithstanding their characteristically badly-drawn horses) give the scene a ceremonious stateliness, which is very impressive.

    Luca Signorelli

  • He isn't pompous, but he's acquired a kind of stateliness of manner that's made

    In the Arena Stories of Political Life

  • Mrs. Gladwyne made a picture, she thought, sitting with the dainty china in her beautiful hands; she possessed the grace and something of the stateliness which is associated with the old régime.

    The Long Portage

  • He was a tall, lounging fellow, rather clumsy in his movements, but with a kind of stateliness about him; he looked, and was, old for his years.

    Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge Extracted From His Letters And Diaries, With Reminiscences Of His Conversation By His Friend Christopher Carr Of The Same College

  • He was a tall, lounging fellow, rather clumsy in his movements, but with a kind of stateliness about him; he looked, and was, old for his years.

    Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton B A Of Trinity College Cambridge

  • There were observations about the "stateliness" of events at the White House and the propriety of Florence Harding's wardrobe.

    NPR Topics: News

  • The difficulty, of course, isn't the "stateliness", it's the money.

    Baseball Analysts

  • Every mangled limb, every shattered facade, every act of conditioned violence stage-whispers “Sacrifice” amid the gently weeping sound track and the faded – Saturday Evening Post color palette, with the overall effect evoking stateliness, esteem, even nostalgia — emotional luxuries that only a comfortable remove can give to the hectic, terrifying nature of combat.

    Getting Their Guns Off

  • She reports, for example, that of all who attain the stately age of 85, fully half will have that stateliness snuffed out by Alzheimer's; and, more wretched news, there is a strong chance they will also end up in a nursing home with some other dread medical affliction or other.

    Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive

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