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adjective, \ˈlärj\

Simple Definition of large

  • : great in size or amount

  • : not limited in importance, range, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of large


  1. 1 obsolete :  lavish

  2. 2 obsolete a :  ample, abundant b :  extensive, broad

  3. 3 a :  having more than usual capacity or scope :  comprehensive <take the large view> <will take a larger role in the negotiations> b :  powerful, forceful c :  very successful or popular <a large rock band>

  4. 4 a :  exceeding most other things of like kind especially in quantity or size :  big b :  dealing in great numbers or quantities <a large and highly profitable business>

  5. 5 obsolete a of language or expression :  coarse, vulgar b :  lax in conduct :  loose

  6. 6 of a wind :  favorable

  7. 7 :  extravagant, boastful <large talk>

largeness noun
largish play \ˈlär-jish\ adjective

Examples of large in a sentence

  1. a large glass of water

  2. It's the largest city in the state.

  3. These T-shirts are available in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

  4. Which city has the largest population?

  5. Her policies are supported by a large part of the population.

  6. A large number of workers have filed complaints.

  7. He has a very large appetite.

Origin of large

Middle English, from Anglo-French, broad, wide, generous, from Latin largus generous, plentiful

First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with large




Definition of large

  1. 1 obsolete :  in abundance :  amply, liberally

  2. 2 :  with the wind abaft the beam

  3. 3 :  in a large manner :  extravagantly <living large>




Simple Definition of large

  • : something that is sold in a large size : something that is bigger than others of the same kind

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of large

  1. 1 obsolete :  liberality, generosity

  2. 2 slang :  a thousand dollars

at large
  1. 1 a :  free of restraint or confinement <the escaped prisoner is still at large> b :  without a specific subject or assignment <critic at large>

  2. 2 :  at length

  3. 3 :  in a general way

  4. 4 :  as a whole <society at large>

  5. 5 :  as the political representative of or to a whole area rather than of one of its subdivisions —used in combination with a preceding noun <a congressman-at-large>

in the large
  1. :  on a large scale :  in general

Examples of large in a sentence

  1. These shirts are all larges.

  2. What size ice-cream cones do you want? We'll take three larges and a small.

14th Century

First Known Use of large

14th century

LARGE Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈlärj\

Definition of large for Students


  1. :  more than most others of a similar kind in amount or size :  big <a large room> <a large city>

largeness noun
at large
  1. 1 :  not captured or locked up <The bank robbers are still at large.>

  2. 2 :  as a group or a whole <the public at large>

  3. 3 :  representing a whole state or district <a delegate-at-large>

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