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.
Recent Examples on the Web And its art museums grew in grandeur, with substantial new additions for the Cleveland Museum of Art and a brand new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Jay Z stumps for Clinton, Playhouse Square gets chandelier: Top entertainment stories of the 2010s," 29 Dec. 2019 In a sense there are four of us here at lunch in the crumbling grandeur of the Palazzo Lanza Tomasi, which overlooks Palermo harbor, dining on Nicoletta’s swordfish with capers and basil fusilli with ricotta salata: Lampedusa is with us too. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Oldest Money: Inside Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's Sicilian Palazzo," 10 Dec. 2019 The grandeur of Caesars Palace, with its frothing fountain and polished Roman colonnades, was swapped for the hot and dusty tarmac of the hotel's parking lot. Sarah Holt, CNN, "When the US Grand Prix was staged in a Las Vegas parking lot," 31 Oct. 2019 Whereas season one’s director Jean-Marc Vallée shot the Pacific waves buffeting craggy rocks with epic grandeur, the director of season two, Andrea Arnold, is less infatuated with the scenery. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Big Little Lies Gets Tough," 28 June 2019 The magnitude of that reality was reflected in the grandeur of its reception across the Earth. Chabeli Herrera,, "Moon maps in the Netherlands and American flags in Japan? How Apollo 11 dazzled the world," 23 June 2019 Adding to the grandeur of the Grounds are Jefferson’s serpentine walled gardens tucked behind each of the 10 pavilions. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "How to see the Virginia Piedmont? Just follow Thomas Jefferson," 29 Nov. 2019 Or the room itself, an intimate space artfully sculpted from the grandeur of the old building. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Crave in Ansonia deftly presents vibrant and flavorful Latin American dishes," 15 Nov. 2019 Since beating the Gophers, the Nittany Lions have returned to the grandeur of the Joe Paterno era with a 37-7 record, a win total that is tied for fifth-most in the nation over the past four years. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers’ 2016 loss at Penn State helped Nittany Lions return to prominence," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of grandeur was in 1632

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grandeur.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce grandeur (audio)

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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