gran·​deur | \ ˈgran-jər How to pronounce grandeur (audio) , -ˌju̇r, -ˌd(y)u̇r, -d(y)ər\

Definition of grandeur

1 : the quality or state of being grand : magnificence the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome— E. A. Poe
2 : an instance or example of grandeur visited the awesome grandeurs of the American West

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Examples of grandeur in a Sentence

His paintings capture the beauty and grandeur of the landscape. They are restoring the hotel to its original grandeur.

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At a moment when The City can seem more stratified by the day, the grandeur of a City Hall wedding is open to all., "City Hall weddings: Public displays of devotion," 7 June 2019 The party roared well after midnight, with some guests dancing until the end, and others, peeling off to take in the grandeur of the surroundings. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What Goes Around Comes Around Closes Out Art Basel with a Raucous Party at the Versace Mansion," 10 Dec. 2018 To see the size and the grandeur was pretty incredible. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Rose McIver Says She Was Inspired by Meghan Markle While Making the Christmas Prince Sequel," 30 Nov. 2018 With us, the spectacle and the grandeur takes place the entire event... Steve Credo, Fox News, "WWE's Stephanie McMahon talks first wrestling memories, signing Ronda Rousey," 5 Apr. 2018 The 25,000-square-foot, single-story house, set on 200 acres of valley floor in Rancho Mirage, is the antithesis of haute grandeur. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "Sunnylands: The California Mansion That Has Hosted Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth, and More," 18 Apr. 2019 The event, with its operatics and old-world grandeur, will be hosted in a couple weeks, but last Friday, New York was treated to a preview at Cipriani’s 42nd Street outpost. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Opera Divas and Debutantes: Inside the 64th Annual Viennese Opera Ball," 5 Feb. 2019 This year, Grand Canyon National Park will have its place in the limelight, thanks to it's beauty, grandeur and its 100th birthday celebration. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 It was deliberately designed with grandeur and opulence in mind by Thomas Lamb and Harold Rambush. Fox News, "Forgotten America: One of the original Loews Theatres gave New Yorkers an escape during the Great Depression," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of grandeur

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grandeur

French, from Old French, from grand

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English Language Learners Definition of grandeur

: a great and impressive quality


gran·​deur | \ ˈgran-jər How to pronounce grandeur (audio) \

Kids Definition of grandeur

: impressive greatness the grandeur of the mountains

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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