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[ gran-jer, -joor ]


  1. the quality or state of being impressive or awesome:

    the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.

  2. the quality or state of being lofty or elevated in conception or treatment:

    the grandeur of a prose style.

  3. the quality or state of being exalted in some deliberate way:

    the grandeur of a royal court.

    Synonyms: stateliness, splendor, pomp, majesty

  4. an instance of something that is grand:

    the grandeurs of Rembrandt's paintings.


/ ˈɡrændʒə /


  1. personal greatness, esp when based on dignity, character, or accomplishments
  2. magnificence; splendour
  3. pretentious or bombastic behaviour

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grandeur1

1490–1500; < French, Old French, equivalent to grand- grand + -eur -or 1
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Example Sentences

You’ve got the unpleasant parts of being outdoors, like rain and mosquitoes and so on, but without the grandeur and privacy of deep wilderness.

More than most substances, gold has accumulated grandeur over the centuries.

From Ozy

It is one critics say aims to re-establish the grandeur of Empire, with the president as its modern-day sultan.

From Time

She doesn’t carry herself with aloofness or grandeur but rather like someone who still has faith that simple, hard work is rewarded.

Earlier, the vacating occupant threw a tacky and sparsely attended going-away party for himself at Joint Base Andrews — an event intended to attach grandeur to his departure for Mar-a-Lago, but all it seemed to telegraph was desperation.

There is a sense of grandeur in the idea that paying heavily is a means of advancing knowledge.

The dresses—their classiness and grandeur--spoke for themselves.

Rizzo himself as usual, was sitting at a table by himself, wolfing his pizza in solitary grandeur.

It also protects the individual against egotism and delusions of grandeur.

And he just kept doing it with a persistence that is a grandeur.

The minister's eye kept steady to one point; to raise the country he governed, to the utmost pinnacle of earthly grandeur.

Certainly there are no five miles equal in rugged grandeur to those beginning just below and ending above West Point.

It burst upon them ere long with awful fury and grandeur, the elements warring with incredible vehemence.

At once dignified, solemn, and impressive, it combined every element of grandeur.

Most girls of her age would have been enchanted and bewildered by this display of royal grandeur.





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