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



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

Examples of grandstand in a Sentence

Adjective The outfielder made a grandstand play out of what should have been a routine catch.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fortress Obetz has an 8,000-seat grandstand that will be set up to socially distance 1,500 total fans. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "OHSAA announced state football championship location and it's closer than Canton," 2 Nov. 2020 This year, there will be no parties at corporate tents, no Infield Fest packed with revelers and no grandstand filled with race-watchers. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland Gov. Hogan’s coronavirus precautions: Tests, masks, fewer staff," 2 Oct. 2020 The governor of Ohio announced limits on county fairs, barring grandstand events, rides and games. Andrea Kane, CNN, "'Rolling hotspots' are the new normal: Sun Belt states see progress on coronavirus as rates drift up in the Midwest," 25 Aug. 2020 Medina County is canceling its grandstand events, food and entertainment and instead holding a junior fair only in August, as will the Lorain County Fair Board. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Ex-presidential candidate dies, DeWine’s alcohol-sales cutoff, NBA gets underway, more - coronavirus timeline July 25-31," 1 Aug. 2020 Day cares can return to normal staffing ratios, but county fairs will be reduced to junior fairs featuring livestock competitions for children and teens, without the usual rides, games and grandstand events, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. USA TODAY, "Space Camp, isolated senators, Yakov Smirnoff: News from around our 50 states," 30 July 2020 But after hustling to build a new one, Clegg placed second in his No. 66 Ford Coupe replica to start his title defense in front of an empty grandstand. Andy Yamashita, The Denver Post, "Racing returns to Colorado National Speedway, where “what’s normal is not normal”," 7 July 2020 Tiz the Law, ridden by Manuel Franco, completed the 1⅛-mile test, shortened from the traditional 1½-mile distance, in 1:46.53 in front of an empty grandstand due to restrictions related to the coronavirus. Stephen Edelson, azcentral, "Tiz the Law wins the 2020 Belmont Stakes, first New York-bred horse to win since 1882," 20 June 2020 All 2,000 reserved box seats were sold out, but grandstand tickets were available for $1.50 (roughly $52 in today’s dollars) and 50 cents for bleacher seats. Kori Rumore,, "The all-Chicago World Series: How the ‘Hitless Wonders’ pulled off the upset as the Spuds (Cubs) and the White Stockings (White Sox) reached the Fall Classic in 1906," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After a nearly fatal case of COVID-19, Minnesota pianist Nachito Herrera will play a mini-grandstand concert. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Minnesota pianist Nachito Herrera on surviving COVID-19: 'This is the worst thing I've had in 54 years of my life'," 4 Sep. 2020 That cost is offset by the rest of the fair: the concessions, the rides, the grandstand events. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County cancels 2020 county fair," 29 May 2020 The air show opens to the public Friday and is also free, although grandstand tickets may be purchased on the air show’s website. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Army Golden Knights parachute team jump-starts busy week in San Diego skies," 23 Sep. 2019 The construction of new grandstand bleachers at Timber Creek has yet to be competed. J.c. Carnahan,, "Winter Park QB Casey Case leads Wildcats into football Kickoff Classic at Lyman," 13 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Horton accused some of the scientists who have questioned the paper of using COVID-19 to grandstand and raise their media profile. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Lancet Editor’s Wild Ride Through the Coronavirus Pandemic," 27 June 2020 Under fire from antitrust regulators, grandstanding politicians, and proponents of truth and democracy the world over, Zuckerberg has recently adopted a more aggressive style of leadership. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cryptocurrency is coming for social networks," 27 May 2020 Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been grandstanding in their criticism against the NBA in recent weeks for allegedly placing dollars over human rights in China. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 20, 2019," 20 Oct. 2019 The 49ers’ defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh came out three hours before kickoff Saturday to run up and down the Levi’s grandstands for half an hour. Scott Ostler,, "Bring on the Packers: 49ers’ Super Bowl dreams fueled by high-voltage energy," 12 Jan. 2020 Hunter’s generosity as a performer — listening intently, never grandstanding — spills over into her interpretation, giving us a Timon who chooses to think the best of her toadies. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover," 19 Jan. 2020 What has not proceeded as fast is a credible response from Cory Gardner and his Republican colleagues; storming the House proceedings hardly counts as anything other than grandstanding. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: What is the fix for surprise medical bills? (11/3/19)," 3 Nov. 2019 But, unless grandstanding on other Facebook issues gets in the way, Wednesday’s hearing featuring Mark Zuckerberg at the House Financial Services Committee is mostly about Libra. Wired, "How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress," 22 Oct. 2019 Among the partisans grandstanding to fight one another, there are two women — Representatives Linda Sánchez and Nanette Diaz Barragán, both California Democrats. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: Everything wrong with Congress — in one ballgame," 25 June 2019

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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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“Grandstand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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