[ grand ]
/ grænd /
adjective, grand·er, grand·est.
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.
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.
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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
SYNONYMS FOR grand
OTHER WORDS FROM grandgrandly, adverbgrandness, nounun·grand, adjective
Definition for grand (2 of 2)
a combining form used in genealogical terminology meaning “one generation more remote”: grandfather; grandnephew.
Origin of grand-
special use of grand
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British Dictionary definitions for grand (1 of 2)
/ (ɡrænd) /
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 forms of grandgrandly, adverbgrandness, noun
Word Origin for grand
C16: from Old French, from Latin grandis
British Dictionary definitions for grand (2 of 2)
(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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