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

She was struck by how much the fairgrounds had changed — the barn was bulldozed and a grandstand for concerts and motor racing is gone. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Yes, folks, there really is a fair in Santa Clara County," 28 July 2019 The 30-acre site included sheds to house animals, an exhibition building, a grandstand, and a half-mile race course. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Country singer Riley Green headlines concert, back by popular demand at Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair," 22 July 2019 On an early July afternoon, most of Wasilla Youth Baseball’s Pirates team ignored the grandstands and the bleachers. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s ballparks: Palmer’s Hermon Brothers Field is an oasis of green," 10 July 2019 To further frustrate hitters, there was 90 feet of space in foul territory between the plate and grandstand, meaning foul popups were more likely to be caught for outs than land out of play. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 31 – Redland Field opened with 10-6 win over Chicago Cubs," 10 July 2019 During a baseball game in Highlandtown, gale force winds rip the 40-foot roof off the grandstand at White Swan Park and drop it 75 feet away atop a car. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "This Week in Baltimore Sports History: Ruffian shatters ankle, hearts in Belmont match race," 7 July 2019 He and his cousins – Sheila Berger Mark and Alvin Berger – had been there the previous two years, snagging free tickets for the afternoon show after cleaning the bleacher and grandstands from the morning show. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "The living survivors of the Hartford circus fire still carry the scars from the tragic day. Hear their stories in this interactive oral history.," 27 June 2019 Notable The start of the ninth race was delayed 12 minutes after unraced 2-year-old filly Tacocat bucked off rider Kent Desormeaux in front of the grandstand. Tod Leonard, Los Angeles Times, "Catalina Cruiser shows new tricks by winning San Diego Handicap," 20 July 2019 Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open. Doug Ferguson, baltimoresun.com, "Lowry, Holmes share British Open lead as McIlroy leaves with cheers," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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