gran·​deur | \ ˈgran-jər How to pronounce grandeur (audio) , -ˌju̇r, -ˌd(y)u̇r, -d(y)ər \

Definition of grandeur

1 : the quality or state of being grand : magnificence the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome— E. A. Poe
2 : an instance or example of grandeur visited the awesome grandeurs of the American West

Examples of grandeur in a Sentence

His paintings capture the beauty and grandeur of the landscape. They are restoring the hotel to its original grandeur.
Recent Examples on the Web The General Sherman tree — the largest living thing on earth — and other ancient trees that are the backdrop for photos that rarely capture the grandeur and scale of the giant sequoias was wrapped in a foil blanket. Brian Melley, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 The Celestials themselves are pictured in an appropriately menacing way, and the massive grandeur and power comes across. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Another San Francisco mix: a Russian cathedral, all grandeur and gold domes, and a funeral home nearby, a place with an Irish name, and a sign in English, Chinese and Russian. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 The book’s scope is comprehensive, documenting the grandeur and the despoliation of the region’s geography and the lives and spaces of its poorest—and richest—residents. Richard Rothman, Harper's Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 The property exudes old New England grandeur (think: Kennedy-chic), from the Victorian architecture to the private beach. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2021 The suspense will not be killing you, though the final battle summons aspects of grandeur. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 24 Oct. 2021 That said, the sculpture show is a taste of the grandeur to come. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 The Titanic was known for its unrivaled grandeur and glamour, both of which have been artfully captured in the set. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of grandeur

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grandeur

French, from Old French, from grand

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21 Nov 2021

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“Grandeur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grandeur

: a great and impressive quality


gran·​deur | \ ˈgran-jər How to pronounce grandeur (audio) \

Kids Definition of grandeur

: impressive greatness the grandeur of the mountains

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