adj. state·li·er, state·li·est
1. Impressive and dignified, as in size or appearance; majestic: stately mansions. See Synonyms at grand.
2. Dignified and slow; measured: a stately procession; a dirge in a stately tempo.
[Middle English statly, from state, state, rank; see STATE.]
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