adjective, grand·er, grand·est.
noun, plural grands for 13, grand for 14.
Origin of grand
Synonyms for grand
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Examples from the Web for grandly
Contemporary Examples of grandly
He just smiled, grandly shrugged his shoulders and went back to living his life as anonymously as possible.Gavin Arvizo’s New Beginning: Jackson Abuse Accuser Gets Married at 24
December 9, 2013
First, though, the report itself, grandly titled “The Growth and Opportunity Project.”Memo to GOP: You Can’t Put Lipstick on an Elephant
March 22, 2013
The hotel is on the outskirts of town—and to facilitate the meeting, al-Wawi had grandly sent a car.Spinmeister Ammar al-Wawi Peddles Upbeat Message of Syrian Rebellion
July 30, 2012
Alas, that grandly named firm is at 270 Park Avenue, north of Grand Central Terminal and miles from the demonstration.Wall Street's Not the Problem!
Stephen L. Carter
October 3, 2011
The next César Chávez,” he says grandly, “is going to be a Latina mom.Meet the Fútbol Moms
July 18, 2011
Historical Examples of grandly
"I cannot very well refuse to go since the fellow asks me," said Roden, grandly.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
He was whistling a tune in a wheezy way, and keeping step to it grandly.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
"Cap'n Obed is the most hospital soul livin'," she said, grandly.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Captain Whalley was not dwarfed by the solitude of the grandly planned street.End of the Tether
"Not while she has our protection," said Mrs. Rickett, grandly.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Word Origin for grand
late 14c., grant "large, big" (early 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French graunt and directly from Old French grant, grand (10c.) "large, tall; grown-up; great, powerful, important; strict, severe; extensive; numerous," from Latin grandis "big, great; full, abundant," also "full-grown;" figuratively "strong, powerful, weighty, severe" (perhaps cognate with Greek brenthyomai "to swagger, be haughty"). It supplanted magnus in Romanic languages; in English with a special sense of "imposing." The connotations of "noble, sublime, lofty, dignified," etc., were in Latin. As a general term of admiration, "magnificent, splendid," from 1816. Related: Grander; grandest.
The use of grand- in compounds, with the sense of "a generation older than, or younger than," is first attested c.1200, in Anglo-French graund dame "grandmother." Latin and Greek had similar usages.
Grand jury is late 15c. Grand piano from 1797. The grand tour of the principal sites of continental Europe, as part of a gentleman's education, is attested by that name from 1660s. The Grand Canyon was so called 1871 by Maj. John Wesley Powell, scientific adventurer, who explored it; earlier it had been known as Big Canyon.
"thousand dollars," 1915, American English underworld slang, from grand (adj.).