\ 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 When Anytime Explore a grand-scale game of telephone in the form of an interactive art exhibit. New York Times, "Celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Make Ratatouille," 3 Apr. 2021 The book’s third section looks at consensual delusions on a grand scale. Washington Post, "We’re constantly fooling ourselves — and that’s (mostly) okay," 26 Mar. 2021 The church is designed in the Mediterranean revival style and was constructed on a grand scale afforded its densely populated urban location. Carrie Napoleon,, "Bell tower renovation honors late pastor: ‘Bells are the voice of the church’," 26 Mar. 2021 Of course, everything about this home was done on a grand scale. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Shaquille O’Neal’s Super-Size Florida Mansion Is Back on the Market for $16.5 Million," 25 Mar. 2021 As many of us rethink our lives on a grand scale — our dream jobs, our romantic relationships, our relationships to our homes — linguistic aspects of our lives like names are being rethought, too. Natalie Gontcharova,, "From Atlas To Luna, Here’s How The Pandemic Has Changed Baby Names," 8 Mar. 2021 Our new attitude has been that Boston can change on a grand scale. Shirley Leung,, "An Amazon warehouse at Widett Circle? Boston deserves better.," 5 Mar. 2021 Considering the grand scale of this event, as well as its specific place on the sports calendar, this is an understandable approach. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Mike Finger: No matter what, this March will feature madness," 27 Feb. 2021 Using pesticides on a grand scale to save the trees would be both cost-prohibitive and environmentally questionable. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Dallas-area environmentalists warn invasive beetle could be latest threat to Trinity Forest," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Neil lives in a grand, Tudor-style mansion that’s a dead ringer for L.A.’s mayoral residence, Getty House. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "What Eric Garcetti Might Borrow From Mr. Mayor," 9 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, the grand, yearlong remote work experiment many employers and employees have undertaken could be a precursor to more flexibility in juggling work and life post-pandemic—a potential boon for women at work and at home. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "International Women’s Day Caps a Year Like No Other for Working Women," 8 Mar. 2021 Tienken is survived by his wife wife Jeannie, his children Jonathan, Richie Jr., Jacqui, Dawn Marie and Christina, as well as five grandchildren and two great grand-children. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, "Richie Tienken, Comic Strip Live Founder, Dies at Age 75," 1 Mar. 2021 Grab four for under a grand and you’re set for outdoor dining. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "Wayfair has tons of patio furniture on sale right now—here are the best deals," 11 Mar. 2021 The Kelly Bell Band will perform at the grand reopening of the venue previously known as The Recher Theatre. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Towson music venue The Recher set to reopen March 19 after eight years of closed doors," 4 Mar. 2021 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

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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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“Grand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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