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 Perhaps befitting the agency’s persistent stealth, the entrance foyer does not have the grandeur of, say, the CIA’s iconic marble lobby. Steven Levy, Wired, "Why Did the NSA Go (Virtually) MIA?," 18 Dec. 2020 The architecture has an old European feel to it, a sense of grandeur mixed with the appreciation of natural environment. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | STEVE STRAESSLE: Southern Cross," 12 Dec. 2020 Fincher, however, teases out the full mythological grandeur of the material. Christian Holub,, "Every David Fincher movie, ranked by EW grade," 3 Dec. 2020 But a visitor to Istanbul today needs a keen eye, an adventurous spirit, and a lot of imagination to try and grasp the grandeur of the pre-Ottoman city. Jennifer Hattam, History & Culture, "Why Istanbul’s ancient imperial legacy lies hidden in plain sight," 30 Nov. 2020 If Matthew McConaughey occupies way too many of your late night fantasies, and the thought of him waxing poetic about the grandeur of the universe sounds like a dream come true, this is the app for you. Michella Oré, Glamour, "15 Best Sleep Apps to Make Sure You're Refreshed for 2021," 23 Dec. 2020 Dallas loves grandeur and pretty forms, and I.M. Pei’s masterful concert hall delivers. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The 10 best and worst Dallas buildings, 40 years after ‘Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?’," 18 Dec. 2020 High ceilings and large windows give the space a sense of grandeur, while the decor—’60s-style chairs and center tables—are cast in warm, inviting colors. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Opens the Doors of Its Virtual Home, and It's Beautiful," 17 Dec. 2020 Amid the grandeur of the world, the personal problems of a single small-time criminal don't seem to matter much, especially at first. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 is equal parts beautiful and messy," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Grandeur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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