adjective, grand·er, grand·est.
noun, plural grands for 13, grand for 14.
- granados, enrique,
- granary weevil,
- grand alliance, war of the,
- grand army of the republic,
- grand bahama,
- grand banks,
- grand canal
Origin of grand
Examples from the Web for grandness
Trees of great magnitude give a grandness of character to any landscape, but especially to river scenery.
It's good to have grandness somewhere, or else nobody would have any place to stretch in.The Other Girls|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
He did not want anything to occur to spoil the grandness of his proposed spread.The Putnam Hall Rivals|Arthur M. Winfield
A dark silhouette, large and long, an image of grandness in immensity—thus appeared the Queen of the Sudan.
The grandness of nature there has influenced the imaginations of the people.A Danish Parsonage|John Fulford Vicary
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.).