grand

adjective
\ 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

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 \ adverb
grandness \ ˈgran(d)-​nəs \ 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

Centered around lush courtyards, the dwellings have thoughtfully been arranged as spacious rooms and suites that feel grand and yet homey. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Its exterior, grand and majestic, looks like it was plucked out of a Grimms’ fairytale. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 Checking In The grand Pooh-Bah of the Istanbul hotel scene is the opulent Çırağan Palace Kempinski. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 As his career progressed, what his films lacked in taut suspense and grand revelation, technical flourishes and, until 1958, the use of color film, was more than made up for in pure, powerful feeling. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Celebrate Yasujirō Ozu," 12 Dec. 2018 The château itself is a curious blend of homey and grand. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "A New Era Begins at Château Lafite as Baron de Rothschild Hands Leadership Over to His Daughter," 13 Aug. 2018 Ford’s plan is far grander and will involve up to 100,000 self-driving cars — with no steering wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal — operating in multiple U.S. cities, delivering people and packages around the clock. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018 This once-grand city about an hour north of New York City has a poverty rate higher than that of the Bronx. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 Accessories are grand, like candle holders, vases, and chandeliers, and china, silver, and gold are commonly used. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Design," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The short answer is that no one — not the lawyers representing allies, the lobbyists representing steel mills or the nation’s foremost experts on trade — knows for sure what the president’s grand plan is. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, "Tariff Battle: Where the U.S. and Chinese Moves May Lead," 23 Mar. 2018 All due to a belligerent tug of war over a car valued at less than a grand. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "A $21,634 bill? How a homeless woman fought her way out of tow-company hell," 17 Oct. 2018 The price tag on working gillnetters can be as low as ten grand for an out-of-repair fiberglass Rawson or as much as $400,000 for a fancy new aluminum drift boat with full refrigeration. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 Teen Vogue was there when some students got to see the new school with their families ahead of its July 30 grand opening. Dustin Franz, Teen Vogue, "7 Inspiring Photos from Inside LeBron James's New School," 27 July 2018 Both the Hard Rock and the Ocean Resort Casino have grand openings planned for Thursday but opened their doors a day early after receiving permission from state gambling regulators. Wayne Parry, chicagotribune.com, "2 Atlantic City casinos open a day early," 29 June 2018 Dayton, a flight attendant who now lives in Atlanta, will join 15 other contestants competing for a $500,000 grand prize. Conner Mitchell, kansascity, "After winning Miss Missouri, Lee's Summit woman faces a new contest: 'Big Brother'," 26 June 2018 According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title," 24 June 2018 The crew takes home the evening’s grand prize just moments before the police arrive to arrest them. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "6 Empowering Moments From Ryan Murphy's 'Pose' Season 1, Episode 1," 3 June 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 \
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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