\ˈgrand \

Definition of grand 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having more importance than others : foremost

b : having higher rank than others bearing the same general designation the grand champion

2a : inclusive, comprehensive the grand total of all money paid out

b : definitive, incontrovertible grand example

3 : chief, principal the grand ballroom

4 : large and striking in size, scope, extent, or conception grand design

5a : lavish, sumptuous a grand celebration

b : marked by a regal form and dignity

c : fine or imposing in appearance or impression sported a grand mustache

d : lofty, sublime writing in the grand style

6a : pretending to social superiority : supercilious

b : intended to impress a person of grand gestures

7 : very good : wonderful a grand time



Definition of grand (Entry 2 of 3)

2 plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars


geographical name

Definition of Grand (Entry 3 of 3)

1 river 260 miles (418 kilometers) long in southwestern Michigan flowing north and west into Lake Michigan

2 river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in northwestern Missouri flowing southeast into the Missouri River

3 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern South Dakota flowing east into the Missouri River

4 the Colorado River from its source to its junction with the Green River in southeastern Utah a former name

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Other Words from grand


grandly \ˈgran-​(d)lē \ adverb
grandness \ˈgran(d)-​nəs \ noun

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grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity. a grand staircase magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste. magnificent paintings imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness. an imposing edifice stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement. the stately procession majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur. a majestic waterfall grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience grandiose hydroelectric projects but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration. grandiose schemes

Examples of grand in a Sentence


He thinks everything the government does is part of some grand conspiracy. the beauty of nature's grand design The neighborhood includes many grand old homes. His job is much less grand than his title makes it sound. My great aunt lived to the grand old age of 103. Despite its grand name, the hotel is small and somewhat seedy. He made some grand statements about the company's future. They celebrated their anniversary in grand style. He planned to make a grand entrance, driving up to the house in a fancy red sports car. We won the grand prize.


He bought a used car for about five grand.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

My neighbors, my district, can’t wait for some grand plan. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Some Democrats Want Medicare for All. Others Aren’t So Sure.," 4 Oct. 2018 In particular, the study noted that Latina actresses are now in 7 percent of speaking roles on television—a record that, despite being an all-time high and up from 2016's 5 percent, is depressing in the grand scheme of things. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Representation for Latina Actors Is at an All-Time High—But It's Still Not Enough," 11 Sep. 2018 Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund would be the main source of money for Tesla CEO Elon Musk's grand plan to take the company private, but the deal isn't done yet, Musk disclosed in a blog on Monday. Tom Krisher, Fox News, "Elon Musk says Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund may help take Tesla private," 14 Aug. 2018 But much like Jones, one of their victories wouldn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR: A win by the young guns is nice. But the next winner likely will be ...," 11 July 2018 But in the grand scheme of things, Ray’s death feels much more tragic. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Ballad of Ray Arnold," 11 June 2018 The grand foyer offers a view of the triple-tiered rotunda ceiling and curved stairway. Houston Chronicle, "Westin Homes raises record funds from Benefit Homes project," 10 June 2018 Of course, this grand scheme is just theoretical if the Delos Corporation can’t secure all that data, which remains locked in the control unit of Peter Abernathy. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 7 Recap: The Coward Dr. Ford," 4 June 2018 For the show’s grand opening night, Pitts channeled a fellow stage icon, Diana Ross, in a fringed frock from Naeem Khan punctuated by Vakanza jewelry. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "King Kong Roars on Broadway, and Star Christiani Pitts Takes Us Inside the Premiere," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The price tag on working gillnetters can be as low as ten grand for an out-of-repair fiberglass Rawson or as much as $400,000 for a fancy new aluminum drift boat with full refrigeration. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 Teen Vogue was there when some students got to see the new school with their families ahead of its July 30 grand opening. Dustin Franz, Teen Vogue, "7 Inspiring Photos from Inside LeBron James's New School," 27 July 2018 Both the Hard Rock and the Ocean Resort Casino have grand openings planned for Thursday but opened their doors a day early after receiving permission from state gambling regulators. Wayne Parry,, "2 Atlantic City casinos open a day early," 29 June 2018 Dayton, a flight attendant who now lives in Atlanta, will join 15 other contestants competing for a $500,000 grand prize. Conner Mitchell, kansascity, "After winning Miss Missouri, Lee's Summit woman faces a new contest: 'Big Brother'," 26 June 2018 According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title," 24 June 2018 The crew takes home the evening’s grand prize just moments before the police arrive to arrest them. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "6 Empowering Moments From Ryan Murphy's 'Pose' Season 1, Episode 1," 3 June 2018 For every pinwheel sold, $1 will go into a drawing and everyone who purchased a pinwheel will be eligible to win a cash grand prize, the center said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Center of Concern marks 40th anniversary with pinwheel gardens," 3 Apr. 2018 The construction of College Park High School was completed in 2005, but Murrell was named principal of the $80 million project by officials from Conroe Independent School District about 20 months prior to the school’s grand opening. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe ISD Principal Profile: Dr. Mark Murrell, The Woodlands — College Park," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of grand


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grand


Anglo-French grant, grand, large, great, grand, from Latin grandis


see grand entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of grand

: involving or including many people or things : very large in scope : intended to have an important or impressive result

: impressive because of size, importance, etc.

: intended to impress people


\ˈgrand \
grander; grandest

Kids Definition of grand

1 : higher in rank than others : foremost the grand prize

2 : great in size

3 : comprehensive, inclusive a grand total

4 : impressive a grand view

5 : very good grand weather

Other Words from grand

grandly adverb



Legal Definition of grand 

: of, relating to, or being a crime involving the theft of money or property valued at over a set amount convicted of grand embezzlement — see also grand larceny at larceny, grand theft at theft — compare petty

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