adjective, great·er, great·est.
- enthusiastic about some specified activity (usually followed by at, for, or on): He's great on reading poetry aloud.
- skillful; expert (usually followed by at or on): He's great at golf.
noun, plural greats, (especially collectively) great.
- the final examination for the bachelor's degree in the classics and mathematics, or Literae Humaniores, especially at Oxford University and usually for honors.
- the course of study.
- the subject studied.
Origin of great
SYNONYMS FOR great
Examples from the Web for greatest
What had been the greatest asset of the paperback revolution,” observes Rabinowitz, “became its greatest danger.
Who else would see a former spouse accused of underage sex and call him ‘the greatest man there is’?
In my opinion Lee was one of the greatest actors of all time.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But as everyone knows, he went on to say—not once but many times—that that was the greatest error of his career by far.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With her help, we've gathered the ultimate list of the country's greatest influential bars.
According to the Journal des Débats, the greatest part of these papers have never been printed.
As a study of events arising out of the greatest drama of modern times the supremacy of the last-named is unquestioned.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII.|Arthur Mee
At that period the father of the present owner was still living, and for sundry reasons had the greatest confidence in me.The Freebooters|Gustave Aimard
Well has one of our greatest poets written, "Take up the fat man's burden."Three Elephant Power|Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
A brisk trade was soon opened; the articles in greatest request being powder and ball.
British Dictionary definitions for greatest (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for greatest (2 of 2)
- of exceptional talents or achievements; remarkablea great writer
- (as noun)the great; one of the greats
- pregnantgreat with child
- full (of)great with hope
- to be informed about
- to be enthusiastic about or for
Derived Formsgreatly, adverbgreatness, noun
Word Origin for great
Idioms and Phrases with greatest
In addition to the idioms beginning with great
- great deal
- great guns
- great many
- great minds run in the same channel, all
- great shakes
- great white hope
- good (great) deal
- good (great) many
- go to any length (great lengths)
- have a good (great) mind to
- make great strides
- no great shakes
- set (great) store by