- 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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Examples from the Web for grander
So did Alexander Hamilton, and on a grander scale than your AmEx.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
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And while there are cutscenes that ostensibly explain the grander narrative, nothing really makes sense.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
The occasion was of a grander scale, of course, and a much more elaborate production.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
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Impossible to tell the stories, to rekindle the grander times.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Maybe I just got unlucky, but it could point to a grander issue in the production line.Xbox One Review: Big Brother Is Watching You
November 22, 2013
The grander the whole idea, the more likely is it to be what it claims to be!A Dish Of Orts
Nothing in the world can be grander; it is Paris herself, glorious in the sunlight.His Masterpiece
Grander and more imposing displays I have indeed often witnessed.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
There were higher crimes they might attain to, and grander interests they might subserve.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
So this was the free atmosphere, the grander Judaism he had yearned for.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- 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
Word Origin and History for grander
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.).