grand

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adjective

1
a
: having more importance than others : foremost
b
: having higher rank than others bearing the same general designation
the grand champion
2
a
: 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
5
a
: 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
6
a
: pretending to social superiority : supercilious
b
: intended to impress
a person of grand gestures
7
: very good : wonderful
a grand time
grandly adverb
grandness noun

grand

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noun

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2
plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars
Choose the Right Synonym for grand

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

Adjective 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. Noun He bought a used car for about five grand. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Upon entry of the home and past a pavilion glass door, lies a grand parlor with soaring 16-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, which give a full frame view of the property's spacious pergola, terrace lounge and a 50-foot pool. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 The dining room is classic grand lodge maximalism, with big windows that show off the views. Angelika Pokovba, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 The appeal was the location in the quiet rear of the Lombardy, a grand 1927 limestone off Park Avenue. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 17 Nov. 2023 Where to Stay The Fairmont Empress in Victoria is the grand dame of the island’s hotels. Zoe Baillargeon, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 However, with the return of the Taliban to power, her dreams, and those of her daughter and grand daughter are shattered. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 For all the grand predictions, just a fraction of Americans who qualify for obesity drugs are on them. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2023 Overall, the grand Pepsi-pop alliance reshaped the larger cultural landscape considerably. Jamie Bryan, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2023 Other Starbucks’ holiday drinks are making their grand return to the menu this season, including the peppermint mocha, caramel brulée latte, chestnut praline latte and the iced sugar cookie almond milk latte. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023
Noun
While following a grand, sustained meta-narrative across several individual movie franchises was once delightful and thrilling, the MCU now feels closer pop-culture homework. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 Impossible, unless you are invited by the man himself or shell out over a hundred grand to rent the whole island. Linda Laban, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2023 In a café, opposite the grand, domed Helsinki cathedral, Lehtiniemi patiently listens to me describe that feeling. WIRED, 11 Sep. 2023 As far as entrances go, Powder Mountain’s is far from grand. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 Now 38% Off $3,750 at Amazon The most substantial discount is on the Yeti 6000X, which is down to $3,749 from almost six grand. Brandon Russell, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2023 Kudos to Clemens for raising almost 26 grand with an auction item that gives the winner (and nine friends) a chance to bat against Clemens at Fenway in 2024. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2023 As recently as 2018, only 12 models sold for over 100 grand. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 At a time when Americans increasingly want pricey SUVs and trucks rather than small cars, the Mirage remains the lone new vehicle whose average sale price is under 20 grand — a figure that once marked a kind of unofficial threshold of affordability. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grand was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grand. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

grand

1 of 2 adjective
1
: higher in rank than others of the same class : foremost, principal
the grand champion
the grand prize
2
: great in size
3
: including all things being considered : complete
a grand total
4
a
: marked by magnificence : splendid
a grand coronation ceremony
b
: showing wealth or high social standing
the airs of a grand lady
5
: impressive
made grand statements about our progress
6
: very good : fine
grand weather
have a grand time
grandly adverb
grandness noun

grand

2 of 2 noun

Legal Definition

grand

adjective
: 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

Geographical Definition

Grand

geographical name

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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