gran·​deur ˈgran-jər How to pronounce grandeur (audio)
: the quality or state of being grand : magnificence
the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was RomeE. A. Poe
: an instance or example of grandeur
visited the awesome grandeurs of the American West

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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Word History


French, from Old French, from grand

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grandeur was in 1632

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“Grandeur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


gran·​deur ˈgran-jər How to pronounce grandeur (audio)
: the quality or state of being grand : awe-inspiring magnificence
: something that is grand

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