Etymology
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stately (adj.)

"noble, splendid," late 14c., from -ly (1) + state (n.1) in a sense of "costly and imposing display" (such as benefits a person of rank and wealth), attested from early 14c. This sense also is preserved in the phrase lie in state "be ceremoniously exposed to view before interment" (1705). Hence also stateroom. Related: Stateliness.

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Definitions of stately

stately (adj.)
impressive in appearance;
stately columns
Synonyms: baronial / imposing / noble
stately (adj.)
of size and dignity suggestive of a statue;
Synonyms: statuesque
stately (adj.)
refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court;
Synonyms: courtly / formal
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