\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \

Definition of grand

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1a : having more importance than others : foremost
b : having higher rank than others bearing the same general designation the grand champion
2a : inclusive, comprehensive the grand total of all money paid out
b : definitive, incontrovertible grand example
3 : chief, principal the grand ballroom
4 : large and striking in size, scope, extent, or conception grand design
5a : lavish, sumptuous a grand celebration
b : marked by a regal form and dignity
c : fine or imposing in appearance or impression sported a grand mustache
d : lofty, sublime writing in the grand style
6a : pretending to social superiority : supercilious
b : intended to impress a person of grand gestures
7 : very good : wonderful a grand time



Definition of grand (Entry 2 of 3)

2 plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars


geographical name

Definition of Grand (Entry 3 of 3)

1 river 260 miles (418 kilometers) long in southwestern Michigan flowing north and west into Lake Michigan
2 river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in northwestern Missouri flowing southeast into the Missouri River
3 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern South Dakota flowing east into the Missouri River
4 the Colorado River from its source to its junction with the Green River in southeastern Utah a former name

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Other Words from grand


grandly \ ˈgran-​(d)lē How to pronounce Grand (audio) \ adverb
grandness \ ˈgran(d)-​nəs How to pronounce Grand (audio) \ noun

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grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity. a grand staircase magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste. magnificent paintings imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness. an imposing edifice stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement. the stately procession majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur. a majestic waterfall grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience grandiose hydroelectric projects but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration. grandiose schemes

Examples of grand in a Sentence

Adjective He thinks everything the government does is part of some grand conspiracy. the beauty of nature's grand design The neighborhood includes many grand old homes. His job is much less grand than his title makes it sound. My great aunt lived to the grand old age of 103. Despite its grand name, the hotel is small and somewhat seedy. He made some grand statements about the company's future. They celebrated their anniversary in grand style. He planned to make a grand entrance, driving up to the house in a fancy red sports car. We won the grand prize. Noun He bought a used car for about five grand.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The owners are aiming to have a grand opening for the space in June to celebrate the brewery's five year anniversary. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's a sneak peek at Good City Brewing's new Wauwatosa taproom at the Mayfair Collection," 29 Apr. 2021 After that, operations went smoothly for a while following the restaurant's grand opening on Jan. 3, 2021. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "This Phoenix soul food restaurant won't be 'defeated.' Here's how it's making a comeback," 28 Apr. 2021 Some of them, including at least two of the Jackson brothers, will be at the grand opening, Taliaferro said. Karen Caffarini,, "Hard Rock getting in tune for May 14 opening with music memorabilia: ‘This property is really dedicated to the local scene, especially Gary’," 28 Apr. 2021 The location will celebrate with a grand opening on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. The Colleyville location will be one of the first in the company’s growing network to operate a drive-through. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Smoothie Factory Juice Bar is Colleyville’s latest smoothie spot," 28 Apr. 2021 On Saturday, Delray Beach Market held its grand opening with numerous officials on hand, including Gov. Ron DeSantis. Wells Dusenbury,, "Frustration grows as governor and others go maskless at Delray market," 27 Apr. 2021 On Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m., children, families, and adults are invited to the grand opening of the new outdoor story trail., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 23 Apr. 2021 The grand opening of Cast Co-op is Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at 16744 Cagan Crossings, in Clermont. Gabrielle Russon,, "Empty store transforms into Cast Co-op to help laid-off Disney and other hospitality workers," 23 Apr. 2021 According to the release, the company also donated $2,000 to the Foundation of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office to celebrate their grand opening. Tandra Smith |, al, "Love’s Travel Stops opens 17th Alabama location bringing 90 jobs to Mobile County," 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, just before the pandemic shutdowns, Mr. and Mrs. Buxton flew to New York to attend the grand reopening of the British Galleries, after a six-year renovation. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "An English Manor So Grand It Has Its Own Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art," 28 Apr. 2021 One is currently attempting to undergo a full restoration and grand reopening., "Missing European travel? New Hampshire’s grand hotels might be the perfect solution," 7 Apr. 2021 The shop’s official grand opening Sundayat 10 a.m. will include art on display by local artists, live music and barbecue by Barrelman BBQ. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Owners remake Logan Heights coffee shop into arts, community hub," 16 Apr. 2021 Every YouTuber and TikTokker and social media influencer west of Needles will pony up four grand for a cheap publicity grab. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Caitlyn Jenner is no Arnold Schwarzenegger. And she's no threat to Newsom," 9 Apr. 2021 All three co-owners are musicians and are planning the bar’s grand reopening not only in terms of cocktail lists but also programming. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, "Bar owners weigh reopening as Los Angeles moves to orange tier," 3 Apr. 2021 In another sign of a return to pre-pandemic normalcy, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has announced plans for its 50th anniversary season, including a September grand reopening, WUSA-TV reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Disney smiles, boardwalk shots, parklet program: News from around our 50 states," 31 Mar. 2021 Those professionals of another era, Grenney adds, not only possessed a knack for mixing the grand with the modest but managed to distill their tastes to a point where little remained that was inessential. Guy Trebay, Town & Country, "Art and Antiques Dealer Gerry Bland's Secrets of Good Taste," 29 Mar. 2021 Plans are to have an in-person grand reopening in June, though it could be moved to later in the year. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Kristian Stricklen will be the Madam Walker Legacy Center's next president," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of grand


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grand

Adjective and Noun

Anglo-French grant, grand, large, great, grand, from Latin grandis

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The first known use of grand was in the 14th century

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“Grand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand

: involving or including many people or things : very large in scope : intended to have an important or impressive result
: impressive because of size, importance, etc.
: intended to impress people


\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \
grander; grandest

Kids Definition of grand

1 : higher in rank than others : foremost the grand prize
2 : great in size
3 : comprehensive, inclusive a grand total
4 : impressive a grand view
5 : very good grand weather

Other Words from grand

grandly adverb



Legal Definition of grand

: of, relating to, or being a crime involving the theft of money or property valued at over a set amount convicted of grand embezzlement — see also grand larceny at larceny, grand theft at theft — compare petty

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