grand·​stand | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌstand How to pronounce grandstand (audio) \

Definition of grandstand

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a usually roofed stand for spectators at a racecourse or stadium
2 : audience



Definition of grandstand (Entry 2 of 3)

: done for show or to impress onlookers


grandstanded; grandstanding; grandstands

Definition of grandstand (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to play or act so as to impress onlookers

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Other Words from grandstand


grandstander noun

Examples of grandstand in a Sentence


The outfielder made a grandstand play out of what should have been a routine catch.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, the Isle Casino is about to shed more than 50 years of relics from parties past that have been accumulating at the old grandstand building. Anne Geggis,, "Florida's last harness racing track revels in decades of memories," 12 July 2018 However, between the races failing to deliver much excitement and meager crowds populating the grandstands, the plug was pulled after three years. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar will not return to Phoenix in 2019," 22 June 2018 Koepka pulled his approach to the 18th off the grandstand, pitched on to about 12 feet, and two-putted for a bogey. Doug Ferguson,, "Brooks Koepka repeats as US Open champion," 17 June 2018 The entire front side is being renovated, a new grandstand, paddock area, etc. John Cherwa,, "Racing! A special handicapping lesson on European tracks," 16 June 2018 The air around the racetrack gets dense—a hot humid excitement rising from pit row, setting in from the grandstand and hanging over the race. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 There were audible gasps from the grandstand at the bottom of the course as fans watched on the big screen. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds," 5 Feb. 2019 The best spot to watch the fireworks is from the grandstands at La Ronde. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Where should you travel in July? Here are some ideas.," 2 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Seats in sections 232-236, which are atop the east side grandstands and cover the middle of the field, require a $75 donation per seat. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU football season tickets are available but pickings are slim," 29 May 2018

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When: June 15-16 Where: Eden Park Dearborn County 4-H & Community Fair Livestock shows and sales, demonstrations, grandstand events, rides, musical entertainment, baby shows, door prizes, vendors, food and more. Noelle Zielinski,, "Summer festivals guide 2019," 12 June 2019 Traditional county fair includes rides, livestock, exhibits, grandstand events, entertainment and food. Luann Gibbs,, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018 East grandstand supporters have rallied around a design by Hatfield, a former University of Oregon pole vaulter who has an architecture degree from the school and has gone on to fame as a shoe designer. Ken Goe,, "Tinker Hatfield and supporters of Hayward Field's east grandstand meet," 9 June 2018 Reserved grandstand seats start at $65 for a single-day adult ticket. Christopher D Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Tickets on sale for 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix," 17 Oct. 2017 St Patrick’s Day got out of the gate well in the 6-furlong race and was nicely positioned on the inside heading into the stretch when Zatter pulled up on the grandstand side and steadily pulled away to win by a length and a half. Ivan Carter,, "Baffert finishes one-two again ... this time with maidens," 20 Aug. 2017 Grandstand events: Separate admission required for demolition derby and grandstand concerts, available at the box office. Laura Demarco,, "Cuyahoga County Fair: Vintage photos and guide to 121st fair, opening Monday," 3 Aug. 2017 The Toby Keith concert has already sold out its 8,900 tickets, Hannon added, but other grandstand events still have seats available. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Annual Porter County fair kicks off 10-day run," 20 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns. WSJ, "‘This Case Is Even Weaker Than That’," 1 Oct. 2018 Trump, argued Wonkblog's Christopher Ingraham, grandstands over a border crisis that does not exist (see his chart below). Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Does the West actually face a migration crisis?," 28 June 2018 This year, grandstands around Turn 1 were removed and replaced with a high-end campground, the Turn 1 Resort. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "NASCAR, Michigan International Speedway celebrate 50 years of racing," 9 June 2018 Never let it be said that Trump misses an opportunity to grandstand. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Scouting amateur baseball players is like reading Faulkner blindfolded," 5 June 2018 The questions ranged widely, but most lawmakers seemed more interested in grandstanding than eliciting constructive answers from one of the world’s youngest multibillionaires. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Zuckerberg’s Time in Washington Well-Enough Spent," 12 Apr. 2018 Or is California simply grandstanding by picking a fight with a president the state government despises? WSJ, "California: Get Serious on Immigration Law," 11 Apr. 2018 But knowing how the night really works, Kimmel spent little time reprimanding Hollywood or grandstanding about politics. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Oscars 2018: Jimmy Kimmel is the chill, happy host the show needs," 4 Mar. 2018 Also in the works is a one-of-a-kind Wall of Honor to celebrate the track's winning drivers with banner signage at the bottom of the Wallace and Colvin grandstands on each side of the oval. USA TODAY, "Darlington Raceway spending nearly $7 million on grandstands," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of grandstand


1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grandstand

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a usually roofed structure with seats for people to sit on while they are watching a race or sporting event



English Language Learners Definition of grandstand (Entry 2 of 3)

US : done in a way that is intended to impress the people who are watching



English Language Learners Definition of grandstand (Entry 3 of 3)

US, disapproving : to behave or speak in a way that is intended to impress people and to get public approval


grand·​stand | \ ˈgrand-ˌstand How to pronounce grandstand (audio) , ˈgran-\

Kids Definition of grandstand

: a usually roofed structure at a racecourse or stadium for spectators

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