adjective, grand·er, grand·est.

noun, plural grands for 13, grand for 14.

Informal. an amount equal to a thousand dollars: The cops found most of the loot, but they're still missing about five grand.

Origin of grand

1350–1400; 1920–25 for def 14; Middle English gra(u)nd, gra(u)nt < Old French grant, grand < Latin grand- (stem of grandis) great, large full-grown
Related formsgrand·ly, adverbgrand·ness, nounun·grand, adjective

Synonyms for grand

Antonyms for grand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for grandly

wonderfully, majestically, regally, sumptuously

Examples from the Web for grandly

Contemporary Examples of grandly

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

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Not while she has our protection," said Mrs. Rickett, grandly.

British Dictionary definitions for grandly



large or impressive in size, extent, or consequencegrand mountain scenery
characterized by or attended with magnificence or display; sumptuousa grand feast
of great distinction or pretension; dignified or haughty
designed to impresshe punctuated his story with grand gestures
very good; wonderful
comprehensive; completea grand total
worthy of respect; finea grand old man
large or impressive in conception or executiongrand ideas
most important; chiefthe grand arena


short for grand piano
plural grand slang a thousand pounds or dollars
Derived Formsgrandly, adverbgrandness, noun

Word Origin for grand

C16: from Old French, from Latin grandis
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Word Origin and History for grandly

1650s, from grand (adj.) + -ly (2).



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.).

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