Definition of stature in English:


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  • 1A person's natural height.

    ‘a man of short stature’
    • ‘she was small in stature’
    • ‘Short in stature and built along sturdy lines, his fingers ended in lengthy claws and his canines glinted sharply.’
    • ‘Hadn't a clue how to defend himself and despite his height and stature was the smallest person in the school.’
    • ‘Colley has the height and physical stature to cause problems in any defence.’
    • ‘Being short in stature, most things are the right length for me these days, so I don't have to shorten them.’
    • ‘Its comparatively short stature means it may need mowing only once or twice a summer.’
    • ‘In pygmies, this adolescent growth spurt does not occur, hence their characteristic short stature.’
    • ‘The twins were short in stature and had a strange green hue to their skin.’
    • ‘One such case is said to be Sir James Barrie who was short of stature and may have had some affinity with his creation, Peter Pan.’
    • ‘If you are short of stature, you peer through the steering wheel like poor Reginald.’
    • ‘The two main clinical features of TS are short stature and the lack of the development of the ovaries.’
    • ‘Despite her short stature, she cut an authoritative figure with her compact body and dark suit.’
    • ‘The benefits of being of short stature are readily apparent in a passage like this.’
    • ‘He was relatively short in stature and often amusing on account of his klutzy habits.’
    • ‘It is an amazing roll-call for a club of City's size and stature which some clubs in the Premiership would do well to match.’
    • ‘It has to good news for Mick O'Dwyer with all three, players of some size and stature.’
    • ‘It is a town which has grown in size and stature yet it does not have an adequate Garda presence.’
    • ‘Ensure before using it that the pad strap is the correct length to suit your arm length and stature.’
    • ‘The deceptively named Australian Youth Orchestra may be short in years, but not in stature.’
    • ‘This pint-sized artist may be short in stature but by no means short on talent.’
    • ‘Gravel of voice, short of word and tall of stature, the meanest bass player in Christendom.’
    height, tallness, loftiness
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    1. 1.1Importance or reputation gained by ability or achievement.
      ‘an architect of international stature’
      • ‘The Sunday Herald's business section is growing in stature - and broadening its horizons.’
      • ‘Manager Gerard Houllier believes Owen is growing in stature in more ways then one.’
      • ‘My course was engrossing, and it was taught by lawyers and academics of stature and reputation.’
      • ‘Have some of the new schools overtaken the old ones in terms of reputation and stature?’
      • ‘He still believed, like Eddie, that the smallest of men could gain stature from holding onto the grandest ideals.’
      • ‘When players are magnified in stature and their abilities multiplied there are two dangers.’
      • ‘What assumes the guise of a chamber piece gains stature and respect.’
      • ‘During that time he has gained in stature and confidence considerably.’
      • ‘At each level he was successful, grew in stature and reputation and added his own special mark.’
      • ‘India and Pakistan would gain in global stature and expand their room for independent manoeuvre.’
      • ‘It is almost expected that he will become a concert performer of international stature.’
      • ‘His great international stature remained unchallenged throughout the eighteenth century.’
      • ‘On ascending the throne he set out to attract painters of international stature to his court.’
      • ‘It's reach is truly global - the first power in all of history to achieve this stature.’
      • ‘What we should expect him to do is use the status and stature he has to try to get the road map going again.’
      • ‘With every fresh blunder and consequent loss of stature it becomes ever harder to afford him the benefit of the doubt.’
      • ‘Gilmour is rightly proud of his club which has continued to grow in stature and prestige under his stewardship.’
      • ‘It is years since York staged an international sporting event of this stature.’
      • ‘But since there are no celebrities left of Diana's stature, we are mesmerised by a vacuum.’
      • ‘It really is a pity when you get someone of his exalted stature getting himself into a position like this.’
      reputation, repute, standing, status, position, prestige, distinction, illustriousness, eminence, pre-eminence, prominence, importance, import, influence, weight, consequence, account, note, fame, celebrity, renown, acclaim
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/ˈstaCHər/ /ˈstætʃər/


Middle English via Old French from Latin statura, from stare ‘to stand’. The sense ‘importance’ dates from the mid 19th century.