- 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 grandly
He just smiled, grandly shrugged his shoulders and went back to living his life as anonymously as possible.Gavin Arvizo’s New Beginning: Jackson Abuse Accuser Gets Married at 24
December 9, 2013
First, though, the report itself, grandly titled “The Growth and Opportunity Project.”Memo to GOP: You Can’t Put Lipstick on an Elephant
March 22, 2013
The hotel is on the outskirts of town—and to facilitate the meeting, al-Wawi had grandly sent a car.Spinmeister Ammar al-Wawi Peddles Upbeat Message of Syrian Rebellion
July 30, 2012
Alas, that grandly named firm is at 270 Park Avenue, north of Grand Central Terminal and miles from the demonstration.Wall Street's Not the Problem!
Stephen L. Carter
October 3, 2011
The next César Chávez,” he says grandly, “is going to be a Latina mom.Meet the Fútbol Moms
July 18, 2011
"I cannot very well refuse to go since the fellow asks me," said Roden, grandly.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
He was whistling a tune in a wheezy way, and keeping step to it grandly.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
"Cap'n Obed is the most hospital soul livin'," she said, grandly.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Captain Whalley was not dwarfed by the solitude of the grandly planned street.End of the Tether
"Not while she has our protection," said Mrs. Rickett, grandly.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- 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 grandly
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.).