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

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 Fans booed as the horses returned to the grandstand after the race., 6 Nov. 2021 Throwing your community under the squad car to grandstand? Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2021 Junior forward Cameron Paul, who scored a goal in the sectional final against Crystal Lake South, stared at the main grandstand in disbelief. Bob Narang,, 5 Nov. 2021 Heck, in the 106 seasons of the program, the Wildcats are 616-261-31 with four national championships and enough conference titles to stretch across an entire banner on the grandstand. Tyson Alger For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 16 Oct. 2021 Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews was featured on the first issue of Sports Illustrated magazine in 1954 with the County Stadium grandstand in the backdrop. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 The grandstand is so big that its iconic twin spires are almost overwhelmed by the luxury box towers that now bookend them. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 The one grandstand vendor necessary for Aztecs-Towson State in Carson probably did OK. ... Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 After, Beavers players shouted and hugged and ran along the stadium grandstand slapping hands with fans and hugging each other. John Canzano, oregonlive, 26 Sep. 2021 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, 4 Sep. 2020 That cost is offset by the rest of the fair: the concessions, the rides, the grandstand events. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 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, 23 Sep. 2019 The construction of new grandstand bleachers at Timber Creek has yet to be competed. J.c. Carnahan,, 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,, 12 June 2019 Traditional county fair includes rides, livestock, exhibits, grandstand events, entertainment and food. Luann Gibbs,, 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,, 9 June 2018 Reserved grandstand seats start at $65 for a single-day adult ticket. Christopher D Thomas, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The only people who pretend that spending and borrowing are two separate decisions are politicians who are trying to grandstand before ignorant voters. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 Pocono says every camping space is sold out for the weekend — about 3,000 spaces, including 800 spots added ahead of last year’s race weekend — and grandstand ticket sales are ahead of 2019. Dan Gelston,, 25 June 2021 Several said his plan was short-sighted and an attempt to grandstand on an issue that has frustrated the city for years. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 19 Jan. 2020

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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 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 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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