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grand

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adjective \ˈgrand\

Definition of grand

  1. 1a :  having more importance than others :  foremostb :  having higher rank than others bearing the same general designation <the grand champion>

  2. 2a :  inclusive, comprehensive <the grand total of all money paid out>b :  definitive, incontrovertible <grand example>

  3. 3 :  chief, principal <the grand ballroom>

  4. 4 :  large and striking in size, scope, extent, or conception <grand design>

  5. 5a :  lavish, sumptuous <a grand celebration>b :  marked by a regal form and dignityc :  fine or imposing in appearance or impression <sported a grand mustache>d :  lofty, sublime <writing in the grand style>

  6. 6a :  pretending to social superiority :  superciliousb :  intended to impress <a person of grand gestures>

  7. 7 :  very good :  wonderful <a grand time>

grandly

play \ˈgran-(d)lē\ adverb

grandness

play \ˈgran(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of grand in a sentence

  1. He thinks everything the government does is part of some grand conspiracy.

  2. the beauty of nature's grand design

  3. The neighborhood includes many grand old homes.

  4. His job is much less grand than his title makes it sound.

  5. My great aunt lived to the grand old age of 103.

  6. Despite its grand name, the hotel is small and somewhat seedy.

  7. He made some grand statements about the company's future.

  8. They celebrated their anniversary in grand style.

  9. He planned to make a grand entrance, driving up to the house in a fancy red sports car.

  10. We won the grand prize.

Origin and Etymology of grand

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

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grand

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Definition of grand

  1. 1 :  grand piano

  2. 2 plural grand slang :  a thousand dollars

Examples of grand in a sentence

  1. He bought a used car for about five grand.

Origin and Etymology of grand

see 1grand


First Known Use: 1830


Grand

geographical name

Definition of Grand

  1. 1 river 260 miles (418 kilometers) long in southwestern Michigan flowing north and west into Lake Michigan

  2. 2 river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in northwestern Missouri flowing southeast into the Missouri River

  3. 3 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern South Dakota flowing east into the Missouri River

  4. 4 the Colorado River from its source to its junction with the Green River in southeastern Utah —a former name



GRAND Defined for English Language Learners

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grand

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adjective \ˈgrand\

Definition of grand for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

grand

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adjective \ˈgrand\

Definition of grand for Students

grander

grandest

  1. 1 :  higher in rank than others :  foremost <the grand prize>

  2. 2 :  great in size

  3. 3 :  comprehensive, inclusive <a grand total>

  4. 4 :  impressive <a grand view>

  5. 5 :  very good <grand weather>

grandly

adverb

Law Dictionary

grand

adjective

Legal Definition of grand

  1. :  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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