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/ grænd /
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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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM grand

grandly, adverbgrandness, nounun·grand, adjective

Other definitions for grand (2 of 2)

grand-

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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WORDS THAT USE GRAND-

What does grand- mean?

Grand– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “one generation more remote.” It is typically used in genealogical terms.

Grand– comes from Latin grandis, meaning “great,” “large,” or “full-grown.” The Greek translation of grandis is mégas, meaning “big” or “great.” Mégas is the source of the combining form mega. To learn more, check out our entry on mega-.

What are variants of grand-?

While not a variant of grand– in this sense exactly, the prefix great is used to indicate further generations remote, as in great-grandparent, or parent two generations removed.

Examples of grand-

One example of a common word that features the form grand– is grandmother, “the mother of one’s father or mother.”

The grand– part of the word means “one generation remote.” As you no doubt guessed, mother means “a female parent.” Grandmother literally means “a female parent one generation remote.”

What are some words that use the combining form grand-?

What are some other forms that grand– may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters grand-, such as grandee or grandeur, is necessarily using the combining form grand– to denote “one generation more remote.” Learn why grandeur means “impressive” at our entry for the word.

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The word kid means “a child or young person.” With this in mind, what does grandkid mean?

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British Dictionary definitions for grand (1 of 2)

grand
/ (ɡrænd) /

adjective
noun
short for grand piano
plural grand slang a thousand pounds or dollars

Derived forms of grand

grandly, adverbgrandness, noun

Word Origin for grand

C16: from Old French, from Latin grandis

British Dictionary definitions for grand (2 of 2)

grand-

prefix
(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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