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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2
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

Example Sentences

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
In the grand scheme of things, other invasive species deserve more attention. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 9 Nov. 2022 In the grand scheme, it all about patience and timing. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2022 This is a great test for both teams heading into the playoffs but, in the grand scheme of things, really won’t affect ether team in terms of seeding. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 26 Oct. 2022 In the grand scheme of things, an inconsequential stretch. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Oct. 2022 In the grand scheme of the tape, De León didn’t say the worst things. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida maintained that Abe deserved a grand funeral and said no one is forced to honor Abe. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 27 Sep. 2022 On Monday, September 19, after a grand state funeral at Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was taken to Windsor Castle, processed up the Long Walk at Windsor Castle and received with a committal service at St George’s Chapel. Hope Coke, Glamour, 20 Sep. 2022 Britain is bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II today with a grand funeral steeped in tradition to honor her 70-year reign. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 19 Sep. 2022
Noun
The ribbon-cutting and grand opening took place, on Oct. 27, with Town Council members and town officials present, as well as executives from the chain. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 2 Nov. 2022 Less than two years before the grand reopening, Notre Dame’s exceptional stained glass windows and paintings, which were spared by the flames that ravaged the monument back in April 2019, are now being given a fresh look. Anna Rabemanantsoa, ABC News, 1 Oct. 2022 Records, in this case, refer to vinyl, the kind your (grand) parents used to listen to, and now, apparently, your tween-age daughters too. Aryn Baker, Time, 21 Oct. 2022 But that string can still be made into something perfect: As Ludwig lovingly points out to his grand-nephews, the knots in the cat's cradle always stay the same distance apart no matter how the configuration is manipulated. Christian Holub, EW.com, 13 Oct. 2022 The lights were bright and the stage grand for Jalen Milroe’s first start as Alabama quarterback. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 10 Oct. 2022 BBC Studios will produce the two semi-finals and grand final, all of which are televized. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 27 Sep. 2022 George Kent of Norwood grew up hearing about his late grand-uncle from his grandmother, Helen Doherty, Farren’s older sister. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2022 Eight talented contestants have officially been selected to participate in America’s Got Talent‘s season 17 grand final. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 1 Sep. 2022 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 1 Dec. 2022.

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

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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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