grand

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adjective

1
a
: having more importance than others : foremost
b
: having higher rank than others bearing the same general designation
the grand champion
2
a
: 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
5
a
: 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
6
a
: pretending to social superiority : supercilious
b
: intended to impress
a person of grand gestures
7
: very good : wonderful
a grand time
grandly adverb
grandness noun

grand

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noun

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plural grand, slang : a thousand dollars
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
Intended as a grand tourer, the new car features a fully adjustable suspension configured for winding country roads and long-distance driving, Cyan Racing says. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The British also created the Supreme Muslim Council to oversee Islamic property, endowments, schools and courts and appointed Haj Amin al-Husseini, from a rival elite family, to head the council as the grand mufti of Jerusalem. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 14 Feb. 2024 Galentine’s Tea: The Westgate Hotel is offering a tea service for girlfriends and families in its grand lobby from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today through Sunday and Feb. 24-25. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Find footage of both of Drake’s grand gestures below. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 There is little talk of grand diplomatic bargains in Gaza, where Palestinians yearn for an end to fighting that has upended every aspect of their lives. Matthew Lee, arkansasonline.com, 8 Feb. 2024 His career demands greater notoriety, and the Super Bowl offers a grand stage to educate the uninitiated about one of the NFL’s most athletic marvels. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 As this latest grand bargain heads toward its increasingly likely demise, with Trump heckling from the sidelines, the rest of the world will once again be gawking at our dysfunction. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 But just before his grand homecoming, the musician indefinitely postponed the Justice world tour before canceling it in its entirety to focus on his health. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024
Noun
And that price is after fans, including season ticket holders, win the chance to fork over several grand to buy them via a lottery system. Faris Tanyos, CBS News, 11 Feb. 2024 Ses collaborations avec les plus grands (Serge Gainsbourg, Etienne Daho ou encore Agnès Varda) ont fait d'elle une icône francophone intemporelle. Shania Russell, EW.com, 16 July 2023 The value at the time (of the car) was about five or six grand. Gabriel Greschler, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 The striking Canyon Red paint contributed $2,500 to that bottom line and the refined-looking Ocean Coast interior theme chipped in another two grand on the bill. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024 And today, 20 years later, 26 grand, state-of-the-art Kroc centers have opened in places as varied as Ashland, Ohio; Guayama, Puerto Rico; and Quincy, Illinois. Lisa Napoli, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 If their nutritional orthodoxy strains their bonds with the kids, then that’s a natural consequence the grands can perceive and address for themselves. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Grand Overlook Ballroom Fittingly, this grand ballroom in the Atlanta History Center is perfect for the most grand of Southern weddings. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 9 Jan. 2024 Researchers have spent years trying to unlock the mysteries of nature, like why the plural of deer is also deer, and why sunsets are free but paying a taxidermist for one ferret cost me almost a grand. Colin Nissan, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Grand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grand. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

grand

1 of 2 adjective
1
: higher in rank than others of the same class : foremost, principal
the grand champion
the grand prize
2
: great in size
3
: including all things being considered : complete
a grand total
4
a
: marked by magnificence : splendid
a grand coronation ceremony
b
: showing wealth or high social standing
the airs of a grand lady
5
: impressive
made grand statements about our progress
6
: very good : fine
grand weather
have a grand time
grandly adverb
grandness noun

grand

2 of 2 noun

Legal Definition

grand

adjective
: 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

Geographical Definition

Grand

geographical name

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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