grand

adjective
\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \

Definition of grand

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

grand

noun

Definition of grand (Entry 2 of 3)

2 plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars

Grand

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

Adjective

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

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Adjective

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 superstar joined the panel of coaches on The Voice this year and proved her prowess as a mentor when two of her team members, Brynn Cartelli from season 14 and Chevel Shepherd from season 15, both took home the grand prize. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Why Kelly Clarkson Would Be 'Afraid' to Let Her Kids Compete on a Reality TV Show," 30 Dec. 2018 For her grand entrance, Michelle strode on stage in a silky Balenciaga dress from the spring/summer 2019 collection. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Michelle Obama Wore a Pair of Glittery Balenciaga Boots for the Last Stop on Her 'Becoming' Tour," 20 Dec. 2018 Design Week Mexico awarded Jaime with Inedito’s grand prize. Diana Budds, Curbed, "4 lessons Mexican designers can teach the world," 19 Oct. 2018 Johnson captained the 2018 American team that competed in the World Butchers' Challenge in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the Republic of Ireland ultimately won the grand prize. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Sacramento beats out Paris and Sao Paulo to host 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge," 11 July 2018 The odds of winning the Powerball grand prize: 1 in more than 292 million. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Texan claims $2 million Powerball prize," 9 July 2018 Forty-eight short plays perform in eight rounds over as many weeks, competing for a slot in the finals Aug. 22-25 and ultimately a grand prize of $5,000. Lily Janiak, SFChronicle.com, "The long tail of ShortLived VII, audience-judged theater competition at PianoFight in SF," 7 July 2018 For many conservatives, this amounts to a kind of judicial grand prize, one that outweighs any concerns about Mr. Trump’s departures from conservative orthodoxy. New York Times, "Elated v. Scared: Americans Are Divided on Justice Kennedy’s Retirement," 28 June 2018 After Stefani captured her beau making his grand entrance to the reception, arms linked with a bridesmaid, the couple snapped a sweet selfie showing them beaming with big smiles. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Get Romantic at Pal's Wedding — and She Dances to 'Hollaback Girl'!," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Damien Chazelle’s grand but never grandiose production stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the lunar surface and surely the least self-vaunting of quasi-mythical heroes in modern life. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "The Best Film of 2018: Love in Many Forms," 17 Dec. 2018 And Kensington Palace, the must-see grand royal residence (home to William and Kate), which also serves as a museum. Brian Melton, star-telegram, "As London gears up for royal wedding, a look at three villages that helped define it | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 Opened in 1922, the outdoor amphitheater is an Angeleno institution: grand in scale and glitzy enough to attract the city's elite. Maxwell Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles," 1 Mar. 2018 The five-bedroom house on a large lot appears grand, although not as grand as those of some neighbors who lived behind gates with private tennis courts. Anchorage Daily News, "How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter," 26 Feb. 2018 She was born to Puerto Rican parents in the Bronx, has a few grand tucked away in her savings account, cares deeply about her local community, and up until very recently, made rent by waiting tables and bartending. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 The ceremony took place at the estate, between lush greenery and countless hanging blooms akin to the size and scale of the florals at Windsor Castle for Meghan and Harry's royal wedding–if not ten times more grand. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni Wore Three Dior Haute Couture Looks For Her Epic Wedding in Italy," 2 Sep. 2018 From then on, the rotary was reserved mostly for niche lightweight sports cars and luxury grand tourers, until Mazda disappointed Wankel lovers everywhere by stopping production after 2012. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 The Driskill Hotel, AustinThe Driskill in Austin, an 1800s-era grand dame near downtown, is offering up to 20 percent off for 24 hours only on November 26. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of grand

Adjective

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

Noun

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

adjective

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

grand

adjective
\ 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

grand

adjective

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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