gran·​deur | \ˈgran-jər, -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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McCain, who died Saturday after battling brain cancer, selected the out-of-the-way spot over the grandeur and solemnity of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where his father and grandfather — both admirals —are buried. Laurie Kellman, Fox News, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 Nearly 750,000 travelers pass through the building each day, and a series of more recent renovations have strived to keep the space usable while maintaining the grandeur and light so key to the original design that so enchanted the public. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Preservation Battle of Grand Central," 26 June 2018 Just as Mozart’s Concerto K. 415 tweaked forms in new and unpredictable ways, Beethoven pushed the classical symphony into more grandeur and unpredictable thrills. Christian Hertzog,, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 Some of the biggest cheers on a day filled with grandeur and delight and tributes were reserved for her. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Voices: The royal wedding is just what Brexit Britain needed. Thank Queen Elizabeth.," 20 May 2018 On Sunday, May 13, at 4 p.m., the Wellesley Choral Society presents the world premiere of a choral song cycle by musical director Edward Whalen about the beauty, grandeur and wonder of the heavens written for chorus and orchestra. Nancy Shohet West,, "Have fun for a good cause," 2 May 2018 Fleabag was a dubious narrator, a fabulist with delusions of grandeur and a smart-ass retort for everyone. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "In Killing Eve, Two Women Are Fed Up and Dangerous," 6 Apr. 2018 There is a certain power in laughing at the absurdity of evil totalitarianism, which is propped up by pomp and propaganda — Iannucci illustrates that well with the grandeur and pomposity of Stalin’s funeral. Katie Walsh, idahostatesman, "Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ a mix of absurd, tragic comedy | Idaho Statesman," 5 Apr. 2018 These floors suit the grandeur and sweep of the interior spaces that are heightened by nine-foot ceilings upstairs and down, Griffin says. Joan Walden,, "59 Lord Davis Lane, Avon," 8 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of grandeur

: impressive greatness the grandeur of the mountains

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