adjective, grand·er, grand·est.

noun, plural grands for 13, grand for 14.

Informal. an amount equal to a thousand dollars: The cops found most of the loot, but they're still missing about five grand.

Nearby words

  1. granados,
  2. granados, enrique,
  3. granary,
  4. granary weevil,
  5. granby,
  6. grand alliance, war of the,
  7. grand army of the republic,
  8. grand bahama,
  9. grand banks,
  10. grand canal

Origin of grand

1350–1400; 1920–25 for def 14; Middle English gra(u)nd, gra(u)nt < Old French grant, grand < Latin grand- (stem of grandis) great, large full-grown

Related formsgrand·ly, adverbgrand·ness, nounun·grand, adjective


a combining form used in genealogical terminology meaning “one generation more remote”: grandfather; grandnephew.

Origin of grand-

special use of grand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grand

British Dictionary definitions for grand



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
Derived Formsgrandly, adverbgrandness, noun

Word Origin for grand

C16: from Old French, from Latin grandis



(in designations of kinship) one generation removed in ascent or descentgrandson; grandfather

Word Origin for grand-

from French grand-, on the model of Latin magnus in such phrases as avunculus magnus great-uncle

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Word Origin and History for grand
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