grand slam

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of grand slam

1 baseball : a home run hit with the bases loaded
  • … the Dodgers' Eric Karros has a shot to become the first player in history to get 200 career home runs without a grand slam.
  • —Tim Kurkjian
2 a usually Grand Slam
(1) : the winning of all four of the most significant championships in a particular sport in the same year used especially in tennis and golf
  • … with … Nadal spoiling Federer's bid for the Grand Slam by beating him on the clay at the French Open.
  • —Sean Gregory
  • "And so to St. Andrews to begin the quest for the Grand Slam," he [Bobby Jones] wrote.
  • —Dave Anderson
; also : the winning of all four such championships during the course of one's career
  • Woods … could become the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam, at age 24.
  • —Clifton Brown
(2) : one of the championships that comprise a Grand Slam : 2major 6
  • "Last year she was a little hungrier," says Davenport's coach, Robert Van't Hof. "She hadn't won a Grand Slam yet."
  • —Diane K. Shah
often used before another noun
  • a Grand Slam event/tournament
  • Graf was 17 when she won the first of her 21 Grand Slam titles here in 1987 …
  • —Robin Finn
b : a clean sweep or total success
3 : the winning of all the tricks in one hand of a card game (such as bridge)
  • Once, looking over Grace's shoulder, I saw her make a grand slam in clubs when the highest trump card in her hand was the nine.
  • —William Maxwell

Examples of grand slam in a Sentence

  1. He made a grand slam.

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First Known Use of grand slam

1800

in the meaning defined at sense 3

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