\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \

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



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 Readers across the world had fallen in love with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but one of the reasons those novels feel so grand and magical is the constant references to the greater mythology of Middle-earth. Christian Holub,, "How the late Christopher Tolkien preserved his father's Middle-earth writings," 17 Jan. 2020 With price points starting at $150 and soaring to well over a grand, choosing a lathe can be a little daunting. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Features You Need in a Wood Lathe," 10 Jan. 2020 Prediction Tulane 27, Southern Miss 21 Tulane (-250) is moderately favored, and will cost you a quarter of a grand just to win a C-note. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Armed Forces Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Tulane odds, picks and best bets," 3 Jan. 2020 Winter Park Mayor Jimmy Lahrman has even grander goals in mind, including expanding the weekend-only Winter Park Express ski train to weekdays. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Catch a bus to ski or work? Colorado’s mountain transit systems lead the nation," 29 Dec. 2019 The result is a print of a panoramic photograph from the Grand Canyon's South Rim, covering the chamber's walls with a grand, unmistakably Arizona view. Sliced into 22 panels each about 16 feet tall, the print towers over the House floor. John D'anna, azcentral, "A lot of good things happened in 2019. Here's 19 of them. Consider it our gift to you," 25 Dec. 2019 In 2007, the next president of the United States made a characteristically grand promise: America would have universal health care within five years. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Hell That Was Health Care Reform," 23 Dec. 2019 When the final reckoning came, only 65,000 more visitors arrived in 2007 compared to the previous years and the total tally was a grand 524,613. Bright Simons, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s Year of Return is on its way to success so the government should stop using bad data," 20 Dec. 2019 In other words, climate change is causing a noticeable, if gradual, shift in one of nature’s grandest natural phenomena. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Millions of Birds Are Migrating Earlier Because of Warming," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This has resulted in a raft of grand yet bland corporate purposes. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "The 2010s Were the Decade That Forced CEOs to Get Political," 19 Dec. 2019 First time was definitely a charm for this 2019 grand prize winner. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Contest winner puts flavors of tiramisu into a Latin American cookie," 3 Dec. 2019 Honkanen doesn't see the ambitious plan as just another creative way to help the ultrawealthy unburden themselves of 100 grand. Kim Bellware,, "This igloo-themed hotel is set to open at the North Pole - for $100,000 per person," 17 Sep. 2019 Instead of the usual grand, furnished interior, Wiley has placed Obama in a slightly surrealist landscape where vegetation partially obscures his legs and feet. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Michelle Obama’s Mount Rushmore Moment," 14 Feb. 2018 Here’s another longtime favorite of mine that will also make your kitchen smell grand. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "10 of our favorite fall recipes for our favorite time of year," 2 Nov. 2019 Having existed since roughly 1980 for a community of university employees, students, and those inclined to spend a few grand on a home computer and internet connection, Usenet was in September 1993 made available to all AOL customers. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "A 23-year-old book about the internet predicted the web’s worst problems," 15 Oct. 2019 So Flood ruled Love will not get her 100 grand back. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "The woman who posted bond for R. Kelly wants her $100,000 back – but a judge said no," 18 Sep. 2019 The legislature passed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act in 2018 to set up a fund to make grands to organizations qualified and ready to bring the Internet to rural areas. Lee Roop |, al, "Can Elon Musk’s SpaceX bring high-speed Internet to Alabama?," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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26 Jan 2020

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“Grand.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 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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