grand·​stand | \ˈgran(d)-ˌstand \

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

The first explosion in front of the grandstand caused hundreds of soldiers standing in parade formation to scatter. Fox News, "Official: Venezuelan general arrested in assassination plot," 15 Aug. 2018 Somehow, the ball flew over the water and the grandstands, landing just 7 feet, 11 inches from the hole. Kelli Stacy,, "Zach Johnson Has The Shot Of The Day, And A Close Call, In Second Round Of Travelers," 23 June 2018 Get there early enough to place a bet on the color of Her Majesty’s hat and snag a park bench on the shaded lawn in front of the grandstand to watch the parade of fashion. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2018 Justify pulled away down the 1,097-yard stretch in front of a grandstand packed with screaming fans with only 24-1 shot Gronkowski picking up the chase down the lane. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th Triple Crown champ," 9 June 2018 Justify pulled away down the 1,097-yard stretch in front of a grandstand packed with screaming fans with only 24-1 shot Gronkowski picking up the chase down the lane. CBS News, "Justify captures Triple Crown, wins 150th Belmont Stakes," 9 June 2018 Johnson would have been in the announcer’s stand at the top of the Belmont grandstand. Tim Layden,, "Remembering Chic Anderson’s Legendary Call of Secretariat’s Record Run at 1973 Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2018 Water dripped from the roof of the grandstand onto the third-floor concourse, and Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the company that owns the jockey club and the track, said ceiling tiles were falling. Scott Dance,, "Mud bogs down Preakness 2018, as organizers offer strongest hint Triple Crown jewel could leave Pimlico," 19 May 2018 The race had barely returned to green when William Byron triggered a heavy wreck in front of the grandstand. Fox News, "NASCAR's Harvick wins at Kansas Speedway in record-setting start," 13 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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)

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



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

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


grand·​stand | \ˈgrand-ˌstand, ˈgran-\

Kids Definition of grandstand

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

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