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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But as Owen Jarus reports for Live Science, a new virtual reality experience is opening the doors of Nefertari’s resting place to visitors from afar, who can explore the grandeur of the ancient site from the comfort of their homes. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 At one point, Daniel Platzman geared up to play a drum solo that fell far short of grandeur. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Imagine Dragons an explosive start to Summerfest at American Family Insurance Amphitheater," 27 June 2018 The seven-story addition and its 404 rental apartments would bring to the forlorn but grand train station all the grandeur of a Holiday Inn. Blair Kamin,, "Union Station plans on the wrong track," 25 June 2018 The wry, distanced framing of the shot (by the gifted Portuguese cinematographer Rui Poças) all but mocks his delusions of grandeur. Justin Chang,, "Lucrecia Martel's 'Zama' is a feverishly brilliant tale of European colonialism and its discontents," 26 Apr. 2018 Thase -- who has not treated Carey and has no firsthand knowledge of her case but was speaking in more general terms about the disorder -- adds that those suffering from bipolar I disorder can also develop delusions of grandeur. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "After Mariah Carey's Diagnosis: What Is Bipolar II Disorder?," 11 Apr. 2018 Michigan Central Station is unquestionably one of the world's pre-eminent examples of urban ruin and spoiled grandeur. Dan Austin And Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Archive: Once crown jewel, Detroit train station now symbol of ruin," 11 June 2018 Williams' music was critical to giving Star Wars sweep and grandeur, without stepping on any of the Flash Gordon-style fun. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "With John Williams Stepping Aside, 'Solo' Looks to Create a 'Modern' Musical Score for 'Star Wars'," 25 May 2018 Yet the grandeur of Germania is capsizing under unstable soil, foundations slowly buckling, cracks appearing in walls; just as the sinking prototype Schwerbelastungskörper suggested. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 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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