[gran-dil-uh-kwuh ns]


speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.

Nearby words

  1. grandfather's chair,
  2. grandfather's clock,
  3. grandfatherly,
  4. grandgent,
  5. grandiflora,
  6. grandiloquent,
  7. grandiose,
  8. grandiosity,
  9. grandioso,
  10. grandkid

Origin of grandiloquence

1580–90; < Latin grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + -loquus speaking) + -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for grandiloquence



1580s, from Latin grandiloquentia, from grandiloquus "using lofty speech, bombastic," from grandis "big" (see grand (adj.)) + -loquus "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper