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grandioso

[ grahn-dee-oh-soh, gran- ]
/ ˌgrɑn diˈoʊ soʊ, ˌgræn- /
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adjective

grand and imposing.
Music. in a broad, commanding style.

adverb

Music. in a broad, commanding style.

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Origin of grandioso

First recorded in 1780–90; from Italian: literally, “grand, imposing”; see origin at grandiose
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How to use grandioso in a sentence

  • Horse is a term of derision where an officer assumes the grandioso, demanding honour where honour is not his due.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for grandioso

grandioso
/ (ˌɡrændɪˈəʊsəʊ) /

adjective, adverb

music (to be played) in a grand manner
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