from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dignified and impressive, as in size or proportions. See Synonyms at grand.
  • adj. Majestic; lofty.
  • adv. In a ceremonious or imposing manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of people: regal, dignified; worthy of respect.
  • adj. Of movement: dignified; deliberate, unhurried.
  • adj. Imposing; grand, impressive.
  • adv. In a stately manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Evincing state or dignity; lofty; majestic; grand.
  • adv. Majestically; loftily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Grand, lofty, or majestic in proportions, bearing, manner, or the like; dignified; elevated: applied to persons or to things.
  • Synonyms August, etc. (see majestic), imperial, princely, royal, palatial, pompous, ceremonious, formal.
  • In a stately manner.

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

  • adj. of size and dignity suggestive of a statue
  • adj. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court
  • adj. impressive in appearance


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English statly, from state, state, rank; see state.

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From state +‎ -ly.


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