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 greats
Food, in large part, is what is currently putting this city up there with the greats.
Today, Clarksdale's Delta Blues Museum honors all the greats, including Muddy Waters.
It paid tribute to the greats that came before it, all while laughing at itself and chronicling a legendary friendship.I Watched ‘Psych’ For 8 Years and All I Got Was This Lackluster Finale|Chancellor Agard|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Satisfied, but not content, Gold strives to live up to her surname, as well as stamp it on the long list of American greats.Figure Skater Gracie Gold Is America’s Darling in Sochi|Kevin Fixler|February 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the greats have one from George Washington to Tony Soprano.
He would go down in history as one of the greats of science.The Monster|S. M. Tenneshaw
A story pseudonymously penned by one of the greats in the genre.Where the World is Quiet|Henry Kuttner
It would take a four-years course in Greats to argue it out, Roger.Adrienne Toner|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
And he thought much that day, this perplexed man, our grandfather with so many "greats" before the word.The Story of Ab|Stanley Waterloo
His work with the Greats' papers had kept him away from the Magdalen ball, and he had heard nothing of it.Lady Connie|Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for greats (1 of 2)
pl n (at Oxford University)
British Dictionary definitions for greats (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 greats
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