- the main seating area of a stadium, racetrack, parade route, or the like, usually consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats.
- the people sitting in these seats.
- to conduct oneself or perform showily or ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers: The senator doesn't hesitate to grandstand if it makes her point.
- situated in a grandstand: grandstand seats.
- having a vantage point resembling that of a grandstand: From our office windows on the third floor, we had a grandstand view of the parade.
- intended to impress an onlooker or onlookers: a grandstand catch.
Origin of grandstand
Examples from the Web for grandstand
And my father is a jockey so when I saw his picture I knew it was a grandstand at a racetrack.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
Everyone knew it, because when the ambulance pulled away from the grandstand, it was not going fast.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
A black dude in the grandstand behind Seiler began a funky dance in the aisle, wildly thrashing about in a cream-colored suit.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons
March 29, 2014
Before the race she met dignitaries in the grandstand, including Amanda Elliott, the vice chairman of the Victoria Racing Club.Camilla: Melbourne Makes Ascot Look Small
November 6, 2012
Rep. Stevan Pearce used his turn either to express his outrage or to grandstand, or likely both.Jon Corzine Can’t Answer $1.2 Billion Question About MF Global at Hearing
December 16, 2011
How are you going to do it—after you've finished your grandstand plays?Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
He stared at the grandstand with a bewildered, appealing face.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
"I don't play to the grandstand," growled the grouchy pitcher.Baseball Joe in the Big League
The girls stood up in the grandstand and waved their banners gaily.The Rover Boys at Colby Hall
Arthur M. Winfield
He jammed on his cap and stepped out from behind the grandstand.The Boy Scouts at the Panama Canal
John Henry Goldfrap
- a terraced block of seats, usually under a roof, commanding the best view at racecourses, football pitches, etc
- (as modifier)grandstand tickets
- the spectators in a grandstand
- (modifier) as if from a grandstand; unimpeded (esp in the phrase grandstand view)
- (intr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to behave ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers
Word Origin and History for grandstand
"main seating for spectators at an outdoor event," 1834, from grand (adj.)+ stand. The verb meaning "to show off" is student slang from 1895, from grandstand player, attested in baseball slang from 1888.
It's little things of this sort which makes the 'grand stand player.' They make impossible catches, and when they get the ball they roll all over the field. [M.J. Kelly, "Play Ball," 1888]
Cf. British gallery hit (1882) "showy play by a batsman in cricket, 'intended to gain applause from uncritical spectators'" [OED]. Related: grandstanding.