adjective, grand·er, grand·est.
noun, plural grands for 13, grand for 14.
- granados, enrique,
- granary weevil,
- grand alliance, war of the,
- grand army of the republic,
- grand bahama,
- grand banks,
- grand canal
Origin of grand
Origin of grand-
Examples from the Web for grand
A grand juror in the Ferguson case is suing to be able to explain exactly what went down in the courtroom.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Could the (thus far) timid trembling give way to a full-on, grand mal seizure?26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas|James Joiner|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A grand jury investigated but found Foster had broken no law.
The police departments say procedures were followed, and grand juries have listened.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At Grand Central Station, demonstrators held a die-in, Gothamist reported.Trayvon Martin’s Family Rejects ‘Dead Cops’ Marchers|Jacob Siegel|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other sauces are served at grand feasts, but the above will please familiar guests.Early English Meals and Manners|Various
The wealthy families vie with each other in the grand feasts which they give to all comers.The Inhabitants of the Philippines|Frederic H. Sawyer
I never drove through a Grand Duke's equipage on any other occasion.A Cigarette-Maker's Romance|F. Marion Crawford
And in this grand view, do not the holy apostles, and even Christ himself treat these things in the same way?The Life of Benjamin Franklin|Mason Locke Weems
Stripping Rantaine, and disappearing with the wreck of the Durande, were the grand achievements.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
Word Origin for grand
Word Origin for grand-
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.).