\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \

Definition of grand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

2 plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars

Other Words from grand


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

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 Two grand juries in Texas have declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints filed by 10 women. Tom Withers, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2022 The number of grand larcenies, felony assaults and robberies is up, according to police statistics. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 China's ride-hailing giant Didi, scaling back its once-grand global ambitions, officially delisted its shares from the NYSE. Allison Morrow, CNN, 24 May 2022 Log your reading hours to win prizes along the way and a chance to win one of the awesome grand prize packs. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 May 2022 When complete, Howard’s immense frieze will tell the story of an American reluctantly answering the call to war—a deeply personal and individual story and the grand symbolic story of the nation all at once. Jeff Macgregor, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 Blum shipped five home runs, two of which were grand slams, as part of a 9-for-15 week at the plate. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 Up next, Xie is off to France for an equally grand affair. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 23 May 2022 In addition, on grand opening week, Milo’s will donate 20% of all Jr. Meal sales to Alabama Childhood Food Solutions, which last year provided more than 400,000 pounds of food to needy families in need. William Thornton |, al, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Off the track, while exploring the countryside outside Seville, the GTB demonstrates its grand-touring prowess. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 30 Apr. 2022 Just in time for Australia's grand reopening to international travelers, which was official as of February 21, Kimpton Hotels has made its Australian debut. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 20 Apr. 2022 The cars were Renzo Rivolta’s attempt to combine Italian style with American power to make the ultimate grand-touring machine. Hannah Elliott,, 7 Jan. 2021 For an extra five grand, there’s a two-burner induction cooktop and a sink, for those lonesome nights out on the range with the dogies. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Now museum officials are eyeing Feb. 25 — the 108th birthday of founder James Cameron — for its official grand reopening to the public. La Risa R. Lynch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2021 Perhaps theories of imperial power this grand don’t need to descend to the specific case? The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 April 8, 2023 to April 13, 2023 Of course, a cruise this grand doesn't come cheap. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 4 Mar. 2022 Out of all the Queen’s grand-children, Harry and Eugenie have one of the most natural connections. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for grand


\ 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

Grand geographical name

Definition of Grand

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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