\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \

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 How to pronounce grandly (audio) \ adverb
grandness \ ˈgran(d)-​nəs How to pronounce grandness (audio) \ 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

In grand style, apparently, or at least in their own style. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "A Tour of the Tour Buses," 11 July 2019 While Darroch, following in the tradition of his predecessors, hosted receptions in the British Embassy’s grand ballroom and weekend cocktail parties under tents on the lawn overlooking Embassy Row, few administration officials have attended. David E. Sanger,, "‘It could have been any of us’: Disdain for Trump runs among ambassadors," 10 July 2019 Ahead of the studio’s grand opening in River Oaks Shopper Center, general manager Megan Cushing tapped Tootsies to host an exclusive preview of Barry’s famous, calorie-melting class style. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Megan Cushing helps open Barry’s Bootcamp Houston, the ‘best workout in the world’," 10 July 2019 The actress’ Instagram Story featured another clip of the slot machine numbers rising – coming out to a grand total of $68,000. Morgan M. Evans,, "La La Anthony Wins $68K at New Orleans Casino Amid Carmelo Anthony Divorce Plans," 9 July 2019 Gerhardi will host a grand opening for its new facility in the Montgomery County Industrial Park Wednesday morning. William Thornton |,, "German auto supplier opening this week in Montgomery," 8 July 2019 But in the final analysis, the budget is about numbers, not statements of grand intent. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "“Investment” was mentioned over 30 times in India’s budget speech—but where will it come from?," 8 July 2019 Romantic Joe Manganiello gushes about grand gestures for Sofia Vergara AP Sofia Vergara is aging like fine wine. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Sofia Vergara shows off bikini body during Italian vacation ahead of her 47th birthday," 8 July 2019 San Francisco has celebrated July 4 in grand fashion for decades. Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in San Francisco," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At last week’s grand opening, the Colonial Downs group handed out oversize checks to several charities, including $10,000 to Feed More, a group that fights hunger, and $10,000 to Goodwill, which hosted a job fair to recruit Rosie’s workers. Washington Post, "‘Boring’ no more? Virginia has already begun embracing casino-style gaming," 7 July 2019 The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, where six people at a time fly the famous ship, will be the only attraction ready at the Aug. 29 grand opening at Orlando’s Hollywood Studios. Gabrielle Russon,, "Universal’s newest hotel costs less than $100 a night," 12 June 2019 Only in the world of green government spending is replacing light bulbs for two grand a unit a cost-saving measure. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "$1,973 LEDs and the Green New Deal," 15 Feb. 2019 It’s often hard to find an exceptional used car for five grand today, and anything under $10,000 moves very quickly off any used car lot. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "The Future is Now," 8 June 2018 Then came the betrayal: the dark horse rival who upped the offer by 10 grand and waived inspection. Joyce Wadler, New York Times, "Summer House Madness," 10 May 2018 Netter, an enthusiastic grandmother of four, is standing at the entrance of the museum before the June 30 grand opening. Jessica Gelt,, "The Cayton rethinks what a children’s museum can be in 2019," 20 June 2019 And Castelli and Bichara attended the June 13 grand opening of the Residence Inn by Marriott Cleveland Airport, which is located alongside the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Bagley Road. Beth Mlady,, "Economic development focus keeps companies coming to Middleburg Heights," 16 June 2019 The course has undergone construction has a grand opening planned for spring 2020. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brooks Koepka is chasing the U.S. Open record of a man who was the golf pro at a club in Oconomowoc," 13 June 2019

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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

Adjective and Noun

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

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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 How to pronounce grand (audio) \
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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