- the quality or state of being impressive or awesome: the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.
- the quality or state of being lofty or elevated in conception or treatment: the grandeur of a prose style.
- the quality or state of being exalted in some deliberate way: the grandeur of a royal court.
- an instance of something that is grand: the grandeurs of Rembrandt's paintings.
Origin of grandeur
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Examples from the Web for grandeurs
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!The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays
William B. Yeats
From this record of error he drew forth the grandeurs of truth.The Caxtons, Complete
Fanny was not allowed many years of enjoyment of these grandeurs and comforts.Ghetto Comedies
- personal greatness, esp when based on dignity, character, or accomplishments
- magnificence; splendour
- pretentious or bombastic behaviour
Word Origin and History for grandeurs
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.