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grandeur

[gran-jer, -joo r]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being impressive or awesome: the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.
  2. the quality or state of being lofty or elevated in conception or treatment: the grandeur of a prose style.
  3. the quality or state of being exalted in some deliberate way: the grandeur of a royal court.
  4. an instance of something that is grand: the grandeurs of Rembrandt's paintings.

Origin of grandeur

1490–1500; < French, Old French, equivalent to grand- grand + -eur -or1

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3. stateliness, majesty; pomp, splendor.
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Examples from the Web for grandeurs

Historical Examples

  • If we cannot attain at a bound to these grandeurs, at least let us do them homage.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Great things (grandeurs) in extent and in duration are relative.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • Look at the silks and the satins and the grandeurs I brought away!

  • From this record of error he drew forth the grandeurs of truth.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Fanny was not allowed many years of enjoyment of these grandeurs and comforts.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill


British Dictionary definitions for grandeurs

grandeur

noun
  1. personal greatness, esp when based on dignity, character, or accomplishments
  2. magnificence; splendour
  3. pretentious or bombastic behaviour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for grandeurs

grandeur

n.

c.1500, "loftiness, height," from Middle French grandeur "grandness, greatness," Old French grandor (12c.), from grand "great" (see grand (adj.)). Extended sense of "majesty, stateliness" is first recorded 1660s.

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