grandeur

[gran-jer, -joor]

noun

the quality or state of being impressive or awesome: the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.
the quality or state of being lofty or elevated in conception or treatment: the grandeur of a prose style.
the quality or state of being exalted in some deliberate way: the grandeur of a royal court.
an instance of something that is grand: the grandeurs of Rembrandt's paintings.

Nearby words

  1. grande chartreuse, la,
  2. grande dame,
  3. grande prairie,
  4. grande-terre,
  5. grandee,
  6. grandfather,
  7. grandfather clause,
  8. grandfather clock,
  9. grandfather's chair,
  10. grandfather's clock

Origin of grandeur

1490–1500; < French, Old French, equivalent to grand- grand + -eur -or1

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British Dictionary definitions for grandeur

grandeur

noun

personal greatness, esp when based on dignity, character, or accomplishments
magnificence; splendour
pretentious or bombastic behaviour
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Word Origin and History for grandeur

grandeur

n.

c.1500, "loftiness, height," from Middle French grandeur "grandness, greatness," Old French grandor (12c.), from grand "great" (see grand (adj.)). Extended sense of "majesty, stateliness" is first recorded 1660s.

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