Definition of stature noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstætʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstætʃər//
    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the importance and respect that a person has because of their ability and achievements an actress of considerable stature The orchestra has grown in stature.
  2. 2a person’s height a woman of short stature He is small in stature.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin statura, from stare ‘to stand’. The sense ‘importance’ dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples Despite his lack of stature, he became a successful athlete. Geomorphology has now achieved full stature as a branch of geology. He was a man of great stature who carried himself well. Her reputation has risen to world stature. His political stature increased during the crisis. She has grown in stature since winning the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. The election result enhanced the party’s stature. The president lacks physical stature. The statue shows King Richard in full stature beside his horse. a woman of great moral stature a writer of international stature She was an actress of considerable stature. The orchestra has grown in stature.
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