Stature can refer to a person's height or the high level of respect with which she is regarded. Your grandmother might be small in stature, or height, but have great stature, or esteem, in her community.

Stature comes from the Latin word statura, meaning "height, size of body, growth," but today, it also means "a high level of respect gained by achievement." For example, after you win a Nobel Prize, your new stature will bring new fans, more sales of your book, invitations to many exclusive dinner parties, and maybe even your picture on magazine covers all over the world.

Definitions of stature

n (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot

the property of being taller than average stature
the property of being shorter than average stature
Type of:
bodily property
an attribute of the body

n high level of respect gained by impressive development or achievement

“a man of great stature
Type of:
esteem, regard, respect
the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)

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