Definition of stately in English:

stately

adjective

  • 1Impressive or grand in size, appearance, or manner.

    ‘a stately 19th-century mansion’
    • ‘Before long, Hoffman found himself in the grand lobby of a stately mansion.’
    • ‘They are admittedly livelier than his uncle's sole contribution, a stately architectural rendering of the Grand Canal in Venice on a rainy day.’
    • ‘Outside the doors of these mansions and stately English homes, the First World War is brewing.’
    • ‘The clothing, if not exactly regal, was stately, with students making their presence felt by arriving in whites.’
    • ‘She owns the Borgo Storico Segheti Panichi, a gloriously imposing stately pile near Ascoli Piceno.’
    • ‘It is these mighty prelates who gave Salzburg its stately buildings and living legacy of some of the grandest music ever written.’
    • ‘Then there was Deal, where we gawked at the mansions and stately summer houses.’
    • ‘They are released now by officials anxious to dispel the myth that bishops, some of whom still occupy grand palaces and stately castles, enjoy a life of luxury.’
    • ‘Measured, stately and engaging over the long haul, Equal Area Series is a perfect set piece for the museum.’
    • ‘It wasn't a shock to find that the last relative had died all alone in the stately mansion on Advenger Hill.’
    • ‘The Cathedral itself was just as beautiful, in a more grand and stately manner.’
    • ‘Kruger had made a trip to Europe in the late 1880s and was impressed by the stately buildings he saw there.’
    • ‘All in all, this is a bar that combines refined tastes with a stately elegance - be on your best behaviour then.’
    • ‘One name is in large, stately letters, almost twice the size of the author's.’
    • ‘James Dyson, the boss of Dyson's, has also just bought a stately mansion.’
    • ‘Its window bays were small and separated by brick columns that gave them a stately appearance.’
    • ‘And I was impressed with Warsaw and its restoration of that stately old city, and its energetic streets.’
    • ‘Hatchards specialise more in the sort of hardbacks that would look good on the bookshelves of the library in the west wing of one's stately mansion.’
    • ‘Hence, his pictures of dignified students and tradesmen, of elegant homes and stately churches emerge.’
    • ‘Filmed by Romeike over nine months, it's a stately but impressive work.’
    dignified, majestic, ceremonious, courtly, imposing, impressive, solemn, awe-inspiring, regal, imperial, elegant, grand, glorious, splendid, magnificent, resplendent, important, august, formal
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    1. 1.1 Slow, formal, and dignified.
      ‘a stately procession’
      • ‘It feels like the best available foil to the stately majesty of Test matches.’
      • ‘The Lord of the course strut, a slow and stately stride, proclaiming for all to see that the 18th fairway is indeed his sovereign territory.’
      • ‘This starts with Yat-kha mimicking the horns and cymbals of the monks, then slowly builds through a stately procession to a whirligig masked stomp.’
      • ‘Three of the Guards moved in their slow, stately climb almost directly above them.’
      • ‘Isn't the harpsichord a delicate instrument for stately Baroque or elegant classical music?’
      • ‘Later, Scot and bassist Liebig are featured in a duet, and the two sound like a pair of elegant elephants doing a stately little dance.’
      • ‘I can now work through Bach's Minuet in G major, BWV 114 without errors, though at a stately, slow pace.’
      • ‘I would have to say that the best moment of any cricket match for me is the very first; the stately procession to the middle of the two umpires.’
      • ‘The grave, formal, stately language, and emblematic imagery make it Ford's finest dramatic achievement.’
      • ‘The canal itself was exactly what we had expected, a strip of water flanked on each side by sand dunes, and a stately procession of ships gliding quietly along.’
      • ‘Slow and stately movement is compounding the lost opportunities of earlier wasted years.’
      • ‘His tattered clothing indicated a traveler and a worker, but his stately manner leaned away from both of those.’
      • ‘I walked out of the house in a stately manner, making it look as if I was following the messenger into the carriage.’
      • ‘Every movement a lecture in elegance, she began a slow, stately walk towards their table.’
      • ‘It is a soft, sympathetic sort of embrace, which has the appearance of a rather stately group hug.’
      • ‘The people looked in wonder at the sight of these elegant ladies walking with such stately grace out of the town gate.’
      • ‘Kamigata-mai is an elegant style of traditional dance derived from ancient stately court dances.’
      • ‘The music was slow and stately, and in the back of the church, the bride appeared.’
      • ‘The French courante was more elegant and stately than its Italian counterpart.’
      • ‘In France, the dance became slower and more stately, as did the sarabande on its removal to France from Spain.’
      ceremonial, ceremonious, ritualistic, ritual, conventional, traditional, orthodox, prescribed, fixed, set
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Pronunciation

stately

/ˈsteɪtli/