ma·​jes·​tic mə-ˈje-stik How to pronounce majestic (audio)
: having or exhibiting majesty : stately
majestic mountains
majestically adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for majestic

grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive.

grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity.

a grand staircase

magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste.

magnificent paintings

imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness.

an imposing edifice

stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement.

the stately procession

majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur.

a majestic waterfall

grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience

grandiose hydroelectric projects

but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration.

grandiose schemes

Example Sentences

a majestic pillar of society who continues to entertain in grand style a majestic Egyptian pyramid that has enthralled travelers for aeons
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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of majestic was in 1606

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“Majestic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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ma·​jes·​tic mə-ˈjes-tik How to pronounce majestic (audio)
: being stately and dignified : noble
majestically adverb

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