\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \

Definition of grand

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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 How to pronounce grandly (audio) \ adverb
grandness \ ˈgran(d)-​nəs How to pronounce grandness (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The living areas sit on two floors, with a grand, winding staircase near the entrance. Mary Grace Metheny, Dallas News, "Peek inside this glamorous downtown Fort Worth penthouse," 1 May 2020 The power sunroof is also a grand but nice to have if your passenger enjoys bird watching. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Wildly Expensive (but Awesome) Hunting and Fishing Gear for Tax Season," 29 Apr. 2020 And what better dish to make than a grand, comforting lasagna? Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "Samin Nosrat Wants Us to Make Lasagna Together," 27 Apr. 2020 Oscar Wilde grew up on Merrion Square, the grandest of the city’s five main Georgian squares; James Joyce attended college on St. Stephen’s Green, the oldest and largest. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Learning From Dublin’s Squares," 10 Apr. 2020 And in at least some quarters, the event was expected to mark the grand farewell of one of the greatest coaches in basketball history. Mike Finger,, "For Popovich, Olympics postponement leaves future unclear," 24 Mar. 2020 Unlike regular truth, the two-plus-two-equals-four, actual state of the matter, conforming with reality, observable and verifiable truth, Truth with a capital T is grander, subjective, not always provable. Karina Bland, azcentral, "How can you find your Truth, with a capital T?," 22 Mar. 2020 The researchers hail from more than 70 institutions across 20 countries, and like the polar explorers of old they are driven to understand one of the planet’s grandest, most mysterious and least hospitable regions. Smithsonian Magazine, "Why the MOSAiC Expedition’s Research Is So Vital to Climate Change Research," 12 Mar. 2020 Peter could get rejected, and there's no coming back from chasing a contestant down in a grand romantic gesture. Martha Sorren,, "Is It Possible That Bachelor Peter Weber Actually Ends Up Alone?," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since Amoeba’s Hollywood grand opening, the store has hosted hundreds of in-store concerts and album-signing events. Los Angeles Times, "Amoeba Music will begin construction on new location in ‘next week or so,’ says owner," 22 Apr. 2020 Local musicians set to perform at Huntsville grand opening include Ally Free (5:30 p.m. Dec. 6) , Garrett Zollar (8 p.m. Dec. 6), Josh Allison (2:30 p.m. Dec. 7), Aaron Bradley (5 p.m. Dec. 7) and Snake Oil String Benders (8 p.m. Dec. 7). Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama brewery opens new Huntsville location," 5 Dec. 2019 In an interview after the summer grand opening, Wilhelm said Tavern House exemplifies coastal foods that are fresh and light. Daily Pilot, "On Food: Coastal cuisine with harbor views at Newport’s Tavern," 3 Oct. 2019 The usual draft events for fans and community service projects were to be accented by grand, public celebrations to unveil new logos and uniforms that mark a new era, coinciding with the obvious efforts to sell tickets along with Super Bowl hopes. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rams have become experts at disaster response, are drawing on experience to face coronavirus crisis," 30 Mar. 2020 Olivier Paget, Bob’s age, was born in Beaujolais, father a plumber, grandfather a vigneron, cooking since age sixteen; normal chef stuff, including stints making fancy food with grands chefs, like Georges Blanc, with whom Boulud had trained. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Given the success of the fair throughout the years, Gori doesn’t think Spring/Break runs the risk of becoming like the grand shows to which it was born as an antithesis. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "How this multi-city annual art fair is making art more accessible," 11 Mar. 2020 Next season, Trip's great-grand-nephew, Blue, will take over. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, "Butler University's mascot retiring after 7 years of sparking joy with fans," 10 Mar. 2020 While Europe remains vulnerable to another migration crisis, the E.U. is under new leadership, one with grand ambitions for a more unified and assertive European Union on the global stage. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What Happens Next with Europe’s Latest Refugee Crisis," 8 Mar. 2020

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

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17 May 2020

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“Grand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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 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

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