- impressive in size, appearance, or general effect: grand mountain scenery.
- stately, majestic, or dignified: In front of an audience her manner is grand and regal.
- highly ambitious or idealistic: grand ideas for bettering the political situation.
- magnificent or splendid: a grand palace.
- noble or revered: a grand old man.
- highest, or very high, in rank or official dignity: a grand potentate.
- main or principal; chief: the grand ballroom.
- of great importance, distinction, or pretension: a man used to entertaining grand personages.
- complete or comprehensive: a grand total.
- pretending to grandeur, as a result of minor success, good fortune, etc.; conceited: Jane is awfully grand since she got promoted.
- first-rate; very good; splendid: to have a grand time; to feel grand.
- Music. written on a large scale or for a large ensemble: a grand fugue.
- grand piano.
- Informal. an amount equal to a thousand dollars: The cops found most of the loot, but they're still missing about five grand.
Origin of grand
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- a combining form used in genealogical terminology meaning “one generation more remote”: grandfather; grandnephew.
Origin of grand-
Examples from the Web for grand
A grand juror in the Ferguson case is suing to be able to explain exactly what went down in the courtroom.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas
January 7, 2015
A grand jury investigated but found Foster had broken no law.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
The police departments say procedures were followed, and grand juries have listened.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
At Grand Central Station, demonstrators held a die-in, Gothamist reported.Trayvon Martin’s Family Rejects ‘Dead Cops’ Marchers
December 24, 2014
"Men say it is not so grand as the statue of Zeus, that we have at Olympia," replied the boy.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The French were the grand improvers of every thing, though only for their own objects.
But light and motion and a grand future are waiting for such as he.
I am one of those who have been into the house, and have found my father—oh, so grand!
- large or impressive in size, extent, or consequencegrand mountain scenery
- characterized by or attended with magnificence or display; sumptuousa grand feast
- of great distinction or pretension; dignified or haughty
- designed to impresshe punctuated his story with grand gestures
- very good; wonderful
- comprehensive; completea grand total
- worthy of respect; finea grand old man
- large or impressive in conception or executiongrand ideas
- most important; chiefthe grand arena
- short for grand piano
- plural grand slang a thousand pounds or dollars
- (in designations of kinship) one generation removed in ascent or descentgrandson; grandfather
Word Origin and History for grand
late 14c., grant "large, big" (early 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French graunt and directly from Old French grant, grand (10c.) "large, tall; grown-up; great, powerful, important; strict, severe; extensive; numerous," from Latin grandis "big, great; full, abundant," also "full-grown;" figuratively "strong, powerful, weighty, severe" (perhaps cognate with Greek brenthyomai "to swagger, be haughty"). It supplanted magnus in Romanic languages; in English with a special sense of "imposing." The connotations of "noble, sublime, lofty, dignified," etc., were in Latin. As a general term of admiration, "magnificent, splendid," from 1816. Related: Grander; grandest.
The use of grand- in compounds, with the sense of "a generation older than, or younger than," is first attested c.1200, in Anglo-French graund dame "grandmother." Latin and Greek had similar usages.
Grand jury is late 15c. Grand piano from 1797. The grand tour of the principal sites of continental Europe, as part of a gentleman's education, is attested by that name from 1660s. The Grand Canyon was so called 1871 by Maj. John Wesley Powell, scientific adventurer, who explored it; earlier it had been known as Big Canyon.
"thousand dollars," 1915, American English underworld slang, from grand (adj.).