\ ˈgrand How to pronounce grand (audio) \

Definition of grand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

2 plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars

Other Words from grand


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

Choose the Right Synonym for grand


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The grand prize is a walleye fishing trip with Capt. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2022 To celebrate the color, Behr is hosting a giveaway that includes a grand prize of $10,000 and a design consultation with HGTV stars Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 14 Sep. 2022 In 2018, one winning ticket in South Carolina sold for a $1.537 billion grand prize, which was the world's largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2022 The film won the grand prize at the first Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Mark Schilling, Variety, 7 Sep. 2022 The winner will take home a $1 million grand prize. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2022 As a blue heron took flight from a pond on a horse farm, Kathleen Leitner described a grand vision for restoring the rolling prairie to its native habitat. Robert Mccoppin, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 His 301-pounder won the grand prize in the Sarasota Slam annual tournament at Marina Jack. Madeleine Marr Miami Herald (tns), al, 31 Aug. 2022 The Lumina Foundation announced on Wednesday that Madera Community College had won the $1 million grand prize in The Million Dollar Community College Challenge. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The award comes almost three years after the LRC was upgraded before a grand reopening in September 2019. C.r. Walker, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard were on hand to celebrate the grand reopening of the luxury property following Hurricane Maria in fall 2017. Hannah Chubb, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2022 Beginning in August, Gallery 6202 will undergo remodeling before celebrating its grand reopening in October. Chloe Mcgowan, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Aug. 2022 After 20 years, a group of camp counselors return to Camp Crystal Lake to prepare for its grand reopening. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Aug. 2022 Brookline’s Department of Public Works is inviting residents to a grand reopening of the town’s Larz Anderson Lagoon park on Sept. 10. John Hilliard,, 23 Aug. 2022 In mid-June, thousands of Russians flocked to the grand reopening of McDonald’s in downtown Moscow’s Pushkin Square. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 19 Aug. 2022 The good news for those people is that the wait will come to an end when the restaurant holds its grand reopening July 6. cleveland, 2 July 2022 The late singer's granddaughter, Riley Keough, reportedly wept when seeing Elvis' version of the iconoclast grand. Tim Moffatt,, 1 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for grand


\ 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

Grand geographical name

Definition of Grand

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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