grand

adjective
\ 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

grand

noun

Definition of grand (Entry 2 of 3)

2 plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars

Grand

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

Adjective

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

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Adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Entering a New Spacefaring Future In the grand scheme of humanity's exploration of space, the commercial crew achievement in Florida seems less like an American victory and more like a global moment. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 Simon Kuper argues that the Yellow Vest protests aren’t even really that interesting, in the grand scheme of things: Populist movements may be the past, not the future. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Which, in the grand scheme of catches, really isn't a horrible one. Glamour, "Ulta's Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale Is Offering Different Deals Each Day," 12 Dec. 2018 Just for the grand scheme of things, political fundraising is a very small amount of the fundraising world, overall. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: RevUp CEO Steve Spinner on Recode Decode," 12 Nov. 2018 But that misses the other side of the grand bargain that America implicitly struck with China. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 With Tony Pulis looking to secure Premier League qualification for his new side next season, the young midfielder could prove an important cog in the grand scheme of things. SI.com, "Middlesbrough Sign Paddy McNair From Sunderland on 4-Year Deal for Undisclosed Fee," 26 June 2018 In the grand scheme, school mascots and nicknames are about as relevant to an education as comic books and lunch boxes. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Anderson Redskins debate lacks sensitivity, mutual understanding," 13 June 2018 Pressure on women to be perfect is high In the grand scheme of parenting literature, not much has been written about matrescence, the process by which women become mothers. Kaelyn Forde, Allure, "Why Women Are Making "Pre-Baby Bucket Lists" Filled With Goals to Accomplish Before Motherhood," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From the pool of applicants, 10 finalists will be selected to compete for a $400,000 grand prize and two $150,000 runner-up prizes, plus a year of mentorship from fashion industry insiders. Vogue, "Are You the Next Big Thing in Fashion? Apply for the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund," 15 Mar. 2019 The same thing happened with the elusive grand bargain to save the dreamers from deportation in exchange for a wall and other border security measures. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 The internet’s grand bargain has long been trading privacy for convenience. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "What Europe’s Tough New Data Law Means for You, and the Internet," 6 May 2018 The global fashion industry unites in the City of Lights and whilst the shows are in full swing, many a power meetings are taking place and deals are being brokered against the city’s grand and impressive backdrop. Wendy Yu, Vogue, "Vintage Couture and Front Row Encounters: Inside Wendy Yu’s Paris Fashion Week," 20 Mar. 2019 Mediterranean, Arab, and African—fuses antiquity and modernity in one grand vision, and celebrants of its culture insist that it be imagined, once again, as nothing less than the crossroads of the world. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 The marathon announcement was just one of Paris 2024’s efforts on Thursday to position itself as not-your-grand-père’s Olympics. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Paris 2024 Organizers to Allow Public to Run the Marathon Course," 21 Feb. 2019 After arriving at London’s grand Drapers’ Hall for the glittering ceremony, the couple spent time working the room at a pre-ceremony reception. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Share Baby Joy at Event Close to Harry's Heart," 8 Feb. 2019 Damien Chazelle’s grand but never grandiose production stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the lunar surface and surely the least self-vaunting of quasi-mythical heroes in modern life. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "The Best Film of 2018: Love in Many Forms," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of grand

Adjective

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

Noun

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

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grand

adjective

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

grand

adjective
\ 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

grand

adjective

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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