stately

1. adjective /ˈsteɪtli/
a) Of people: regal, dignified; worthy of respect.

Warwicks first glance had revealed the fact that the young woman was strikingly handsome, with a stately beauty seldom encountered.

b) Of movement: dignified; deliberate, unhurried.

And much as they welcome his promise to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”, they are dismayed by the stately pace and bungled tactics of his attempts to do so.

2. adverb /ˈsteɪtli/
In a stately manner.

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  • Stately — State ly, a. [Compar. {Statelier} (st[=a]t l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Stateliest}.] Evincing state or dignity; lofty; majestic; grand; as, stately manners; a stately gait. The stately homes of England! Mrs. Hemans. Filled with stately temples.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stately — is an adjective only (as in a stately home). The notional adverb statelily would be too awkward and is not used …   Modern English usage

  • stately — [stāt′lē] adj. statelier, stateliest 1. imposing; dignified; majestic 2. slow, dignified, and deliberate [a stately pace] SYN. GRAND stateliness n …   English World dictionary

  • Stately — State ly, adv. Majestically; loftily. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stately — index elegant, proud (self respecting), solemn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stately — noble, splendid, late 14c., from STATE (Cf. state) (n.1) in a sense of costly and imposing display (such as benefits a person of rank and wealth), early 14c.; a sense also preserved in the phrase to lie in state to be ceremoniously exposed to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stately — magnificent, imposing, majestic, august, *grand, noble, grandiose Analogous words: princely, regal, royal, *kingly, imperial: *splendid, glorious, superb, sublime: sumptuous, opulent, *luxurious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • stately — [adj] dignified, impressive august, ceremonial, ceremonious, conventional, courtly, deliberate, elegant, elevated, formal, gallant, gracious, grand, grandiose, haughty, high, highfaluting*, high minded*, imperial, imperious, imposing, kingly,… …   New thesaurus

  • stately — ► ADJECTIVE (statelier, stateliest) ▪ dignified, imposing, or grand. DERIVATIVES stateliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • stately — UK [ˈsteɪtlɪ] / US adjective Word forms stately : adjective stately comparative statelier superlative stateliest 1) stately movement is slow and steady 2) a stately person has an impressive appearance and moves in a slow steady manner Derived… …   English dictionary

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