\ 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


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 In addition, the brand is celebrating Employee Appreciation Day on March 5 by giving fans over 21 an opportunity to win a $25,000 grand prize. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Bud Light Is Celebrating Its New Hard Seltzer Flavors by Giving Fans $1,000 for Their Next Trip," 25 Feb. 2021 Moss, who owns Newko Sports Nutrition in Meridian, plans to save his grand prize for his daughter's future education. NBC News, "Man wins sixth Idaho Lottery, this time taking home $250K," 1 Feb. 2021 Kahler won the grand prize in the Corvette lottery sometime in December. Annie White, Car and Driver, "This Lottery Winner Can't Redeem His Prize Corvette," 21 Jan. 2021 While the Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday failed to produce a grand-prize winner, Muller's and three other tickets nationwide hit for second place. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's three $1 million lottery winners claim their windfall," 11 Jan. 2021 Teams and solo entrants who finish will be entered into a raffle for a grand prize. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "When the weather turns nice, performers take the stage outside," 16 Dec. 2020 Next month, Kanarys will go after a $1 million grand prize from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest seed fund and Morgan Stanley’s multicultural innovation lab. Alexa Vickaryous, Dallas News, "Black-founded Kanarys, ShearShare break out of the pack during pandemic with boost from Google," 23 Nov. 2020 The contest offers a grand national prize of $5,000, with other recognition in each grade category as competition progresses from the local to national level., "Last call for Americanism contest essays," 23 Nov. 2020 The grand prize is a 50-inch or larger TV; the second prize, an Apple watch; and third, $100 cash. cleveland, "Fire station drive-thru sparks Toys for Tots donations: Olmsted Dates and Data," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yee, 65, has yet to meet one of her grand-nieces, who was born last May. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Bay Area nursing homes, 'the vaccine is already saving lives'," 20 Feb. 2021 Galeries Lafayette Executive Chairman Philippe Houze, the son-in-law of Ginette Moulin -- who is the billionaire grand-daughter of the founder of the department store chain -- joined the board in June 2015. Angelina Rascouet,, "Billionaire Arnault Would Take Hit From Carrefour Stake Sale," 14 Jan. 2021 How the Fuel brought an Element Mystic team together to win an Overwatch League grand final. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Get to know the 2021 Dallas Fuel, and why they think a run at an Overwatch League title is within reach," 25 Nov. 2020 The Lake Orion coffee shop, which originally opened in June, hosted a grand reopening Thursday to customers and, more importantly, its staff eager to get back to work. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County coffee shop provides employment opportunities for special needs community," 12 Feb. 2021 Get smaller and bigger at the same time, by giving space and attention to the odd, the experimental and the handmade as well as the gaudy and the grand. New York Times, "The Oscars Are a Mess. Let’s Make Them Messier.," 27 Jan. 2021 The cost of tuition has ballooned by more than 20 grand since 1998—at a time when real wages in America have flat-lined. Fortune, "Bitcoin bombs lower, touching the dreaded $30,000 range," 22 Jan. 2021 In the show, two feuding elders come together to tell their grand-babies a story of resilience. Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY, "This is America: Anti-Semitism is not a punchline," 10 Dec. 2020 Price tags range from around $400 on the low end to a couple grand for a veritable albeit temporary fortress. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Winter Tents for Your Next Snowy Adventure," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Grand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 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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