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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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 The unique beauty of the Taj Mahal is blended with grandeur, and its massive overall design is matched with immaculately intricate execution. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 But for all its architectural grandeur, the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations outside Ecuador’s capital seems as moribund as the group itself. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn," 8 Jan. 2019 The house is on the market for an asking price of $270,000, and the owner is specifically interested in locating a preservation-minded buyer to restore it to its original grandeur. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, "You Should Drop Everything and Buy This North Carolina Fixer-Upper," 2 Mar. 2017 The concerto is also indebted to Rachmaninoff, with passages of searching grandeur, and balances can easily turn mushy. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 The park’s expo center evinced all the charm and historic grandeur of a shopping mall, but one whose grounds were sprinkled with retired tanks and other military vehicles painted in green camouflage. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Patriotic Youth Army Takes Russian Kids Back to the Future," 22 Mar. 2018 Not-so-grand experiences Here are a few other travel experiences that TripAdvisor users found better than absorbing the grandeur of a landscape millions of years in the making: • Riding the High Roller (No. 6). Scott Craven, azcentral, "Really? Hoover Dam is the 4th best travel experience in America?," 3 July 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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