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[gran-jer, -joor]
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  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.
  4. an instance of something that is grand: the grandeurs of Rembrandt's paintings.
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Origin of grandeur

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


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  • There is a grandeur in the ruin to be enjoyed, as well as a scene of beauty from its towers.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In certain elements of grandeur none other can compete with it.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • These are the bits of our life which I enjoy; which have some poetry, some grandeur in them.

  • Mr Mould and his men had not exaggerated the grandeur of the arrangements.

  • The poem is full of pathos and humour; full of beauty and grandeur, earnestness and truth.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for grandeur


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


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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