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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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 Traveling with a trio of musicians (Brian Hertz on piano, Mark Vanderpoel on bass and Gene Lewin on drums), McDonald was backed by the L.A. Opera Orchestra, enhancing the grandeur of this journey through the American musical theater songbook. Charles Mcnulty,, "Audra McDonald soars in her stirring tour through the American musical," 21 May 2018 In open country, the Multistrada settles into its expected grandeur, a gliding solitary sweetness, a beautiful hole in the wind, Pegasus with saddlebags, somebody stop me. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S: The Bike for a Bucket-List Ride," 21 Nov. 2018 Île Saint-Louis Île Saint-Louis is known for the elegance and grandeur of its hôtel particuliers, developed by builder Christophe Marie and designed by Louis Vau (the architect of Versailles). Melissa Liebling-goldberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Paris Walking Tours," 3 Mar. 2018 What makes the piece so striking is the grandeur, and the huge melancholy of it. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Symphony brings ‘Boris Godunov’ to concert stage," 12 June 2018 Fez and Marrakech are armed with mystique, imperial grandeur and gorgeous architecture. Lindsay Cohn, ELLE Decor, "Why Every Culture Aficionado Needs to Visit Fez, Morocco," 6 Mar. 2018 Not everyone is comfortable with it, and not every client has the means to achieve this level of grandeur. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Maximalist Dream Home Comes to Life In Seville," 5 Sep. 2018 Barbe’s work was striking, restoring the original sense of grandeur to the rooms and bringing the house into the present. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 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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