grandstand

noun
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

grandstand

adjective

Definition of grandstand (Entry 2 of 3)

: done for show or to impress onlookers

grandstand

verb
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

Verb

grandstander noun

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

The ongoing projects here to repair the grandstand and resurface the main street will make this fair what southern Illinois deserves. Jamie Munks, chicagotribune.com, "‘Perhaps no fair has as rich a history as the Du Quoin State Fair’: Inside Illinois’ other statewide annual summer celebration," 30 Aug. 2019 Other tracks have completely removed some grandstands. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. says sport's popularity will come back — with patience," 10 Aug. 2019 They were usually made of wooden fences and wooden grandstands. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, "The rules and the equipment are just two things that have changed over the years.," 7 Aug. 2019 People can purchase tickets for rides and grandstand shows. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 Soon the football team was gone, then the grandstands. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: 100 years ago, the NFL took its first baby steps in Indiana," 22 July 2019 And there are numerous ways for spectators to take it all in, from giant grandstands to bar-style slots along the 18th green to watching stripe shows at the practice range, which is now located steps from the first tee. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Medinah looks great, but most of the big names are sinking at the BMW Championship," 16 Aug. 2019 Members of the public were invited to watch the race from grandstands on the shore and enjoy family-friendly activities along the seafront. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "See Kate Middleton and Prince William (Sporting Vacation Tans!) Compete in Charity Sailing Race," 8 Aug. 2019 The grandstands are fenced off, awaiting repair and upgrades. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Fascinating Long Weekend in Detroit: The Essential Guide," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The construction of new grandstand bleachers at Timber Creek has yet to be competed. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "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, Cincinnati.com, "Summer festivals guide 2019," 12 June 2019 Traditional county fair includes rides, livestock, exhibits, grandstand events, entertainment and food. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "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, OregonLive.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, cleveland.com, "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

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 The smoke from the pregame fireworks was still hovering above the north grandstands when LAFC took the lead on Vela’s penalty-kick goal in the fourth minute. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "El Trafico: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat trick gets Galaxy the victory in testy match with LAFC," 19 July 2019 Goodwin is a tall, smart, look-at-me type with a line of grandstanding rock ’n’ roll patter. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 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 Among the partisans grandstanding to fight one another, there are two women — Representatives Linda Sánchez and Nanette Diaz Barragán, both California Democrats. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Everything wrong with Congress — in one ballgame," 24 June 2019 For decades, Minnesota has resisted allowing cameras in courtrooms for the usual arguments — lawyers would grandstand, witnesses would be intimidated, decorum would be disrupted if public proceedings were recorded and broadcast. Jeff Baenen, Twin Cities, "Cameras at Minnesota sentencings are pulling back the curtain on courts," 17 June 2019 Also, conducting the interviews in private prevents candidates from grandstanding or politicking for votes. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Group behind Judge4Yourself unveils changes to how it rates Cuyahoga County judicial candidates," 17 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of grandstand

Noun

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1883, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1915, in the meaning defined above

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grandstand

noun

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

grandstand

adjective

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

grandstand

verb

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

grandstand

noun
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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