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.
Words nearby great
Idioms for great
Origin of great
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OTHER WORDS FROM great
Examples from the Web for greatness
He appeared to understand however belatedly that he was in the presence of another kind of greatness.
But hopefully the greatness of the series will be memorialized, too.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hershel also believes that a higher power has destined Rick for greatness.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
King had accomplished much, but his greatness was already behind him.Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year|Scott Porch|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No matter that Williams was a guest artist that week, Winkler knew he was observing “greatness.”How Mork Melted the Fonz: Henry Winkler Recalls Robin Williams’s Storming ‘Happy Days’ Debut|Tim Teeman|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a picture she had seen only in her dreams, convincing in its greatness, dwarfing all else with its might.The Song of Songs|Hermann Sudermann
People were diverted at sight of this, inferring from the number of coffins the greatness of the spectacle.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
Francis went away, to build his chapel and sing in the Provençal speech hymns in honor of God and of love for his greatness.
We ought not to seek after greatness, but after goodness and saintliness.The Religious Spirit of the Slavs (1916)|Nikolai Velimirovic
I was thinking a great deal of you, and in my head I raised the scaffolding of your future greatness.Caught In The Net|Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for greatness
- 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 forms of greatgreatly, adverbgreatness, noun
Word Origin for great
Idioms and Phrases with greatness
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