\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

Khloé’s house was decked to the nines A sea of pink balloons cascading down her grand staircase. Dave Quinn,, "Inside Khloé Kardashian's Backyard 34th Birthday Bash — Including Kylie Jenner's Touching Toast," 28 June 2018 The challenge of making a grand entrance faded as my character became more powerful. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Prey: Mooncrash’s dystopic nightmare hits a little too close to home," 28 June 2018 Since making his grand entrance with the classic Illmatic in 1994, Nas has built a career as one of the best rappers of all time, showing continued growth and a peek into major moments in his life in the process. Billboard, "Every Nas Album Ranked: Critic's Picks," 15 June 2018 The Madrones stands behind a grand gateway entrance in Philo, just across the Boonville line. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Leo Leo made a grand entrance by flipping his hair in Becca’s face, but didn’t get any time with her later in the episode. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Bachelorette Power Rankings: Did Becca eliminate the wrong guys in Week 1?," 29 May 2018 There were no tears as the bridesmaids and page boys made their grand entrance into St. George's Chapel. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince George Reportedly Comforted a Crying Bridesmaid During the Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018 Accompanied by her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, the tennis superstar made her grand entrance rocking an asymmetrical pink Versace dress, matching pink hat, Bulgari necklace and long braids. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Serena Williams Just Made Her Grand Royal Wedding Entrance," 19 May 2018 Making a grand entrance, Oprah completely slayed in a fitted pale pink dress by Stella McCartney. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Oprah Couldn't Decide Where To Sit At The Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Visitors to this Federal-style plantation are immediately struck by its grand, double staircase designed by James Hoban, the architect of the White House. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Jaw-Dropping Lowcountry Estate is Available for $8.5 Million," 1 June 2018 Their grand, bucolic home was bulldozed and became a superstore with an enormous parking lot in the '90s. Augusten Burroughs, Town & Country, "Augusten Burroughs On His Unlikely Passion for Jade Jewelry," 15 Sep. 2016 The spirit is distilled from Kansas wheat and steeped with grand and Roman wormwood, fennel, star anise, hyssop, spearmint, peppermint, melissa leaf (lemon balm), chamomile and hibiscus. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Ackermann's Berluti goods were true luxury: born of good taste, made with the best materials found on this planet, and peppered with just the right amount of edge—and priced accordingly so (that camel coat rang in at about five grand). Matt Sebra, GQ, "Haider Ackermann Is Out at Berluti—But Who's In?," 30 Mar. 2018 Not long after the game ended, Pittman tweeted a copy of the receipt from his five-grand donation to the school. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "UVA fan follows through with vow to donate $5,000 after stunning comeback," 2 Mar. 2018 In Roseville, grand-opening activities will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.; festivities are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at the new Sacramento store. Mark Glover, sacbee, "New Xfinity stores opening Saturday in Sacramento, Roseville | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Jan. 2018 Court records show that Becher represented Tevini in 2013 on a charge of grand-theft and exploiting the elderly. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "One Lexus, 10 crashes, none real. Rogue adjusters in Miami scammed GEICO, police say," 10 July 2018 Culinary director Clark Gilbert describes it as cuisine grand-mere — that is, comfort food. Michael Klein,, "Louie Louie, an American bistro, opens in University City," 9 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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