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

When the project is finished, the stadium will look nothing like the current Hayward Field, which seats approximately 8,500, most in two grandstands on the east and west sides of the track. Ken Goe,, "The NCAA awards the 2019 and 2020 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Texas," 19 Apr. 2018 Behind him in the west grandstand's third row, a Ducks staffer in a green polo echoed that encouragement. Andrew Greif,, "As Oregon's Damarcus Simpson struggles, Buckeye takes NCAA title with huge leap," 7 June 2018 Koepka pulled his approach to the 18th off the grandstand, pitched on to about 12 feet and two-putted for a bogey. Doug Ferguson,, "Cardinal Newman grad Brooks Koepka wins second straight US Open," 18 June 2018 Bob Baffert won his second Triple Crown on Saturday, watching the race from the grandstands at Belmont Park, surrounded by his friends, family and colleagues. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Let's give credit to Bob Baffert's real good luck charm — Burger King," 9 June 2018 The fog at Pimlico Race Course has gotten worse, making both turns and much of the backstretch impossible to see from the grandstands a little more than an hour before Preakness post time. John Cherwa,, "Justify wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes in a close finish to keep alive Triple Crown bid," 19 May 2018 Thirty minutes before showtime, people begin pouring into the grandstands. Christopher Maag, Popular Mechanics, "Kaboom! Behind the Scenes at the World's Greatest Fireworks Competition," 1 July 2011 When the huge lawn on the far side of the end-zone-long bar became packed well before game time, the Quakes opened up their grandstands and filled a quarter of their lovely stadium. Scott Ostler,, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 Even in the current environment, with crowds in grandstands at some NASCAR tracks down significantly, recreational vehicle traffic remains substantial at most speedways. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How some NASCAR fans are building friendships by taking life on the road," 18 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

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 That leaves an opportunity for one of the other four to grandstand by voting no and then playing to the press afterward. Lauren Ritchie,, "Lake voters need to carefully look over proposal for extra 5-cent gas tax," 12 Feb. 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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