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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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 trailer was just behind the grandstands on the 18th hole. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Schauffele ties course record and wins at Kapalua," 7 Jan. 2019 The grandstand crowd went bananas as the two Kyles jousted. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson stage dramatic duel in Cup season's best finish," 1 July 2018 According to Western & Southern Open officials, tickets remain for parts of the new and improved south grandstand but are expected to sell out prior to the start of matches. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Lindner Family Tennis Center upgrades nearing completion, will be ready for 2018 W&S Open," 24 June 2018 Along with the grandstand at the rear of the building, the museum concept and its ahead-of-its time use of video and multimedia shows the duo thinking about architecture as a platform for emerging digital technologies. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the White House. Thomas Beaumont, The Seattle Times, "Top 2020 Democrats missing in Iowa but working backchannel," 5 Aug. 2018 Now, most of the original track is used as public roadways, while the grandstands and team garages still stand as landmarks. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: A European Tour in a Maserati Levante," 13 July 2018 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

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)

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 , ˈgran-\

Kids Definition of grandstand

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

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