- of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; great: a large house; a large number; in large measure; to a large extent.
- on a great scale: a large producer of kitchen equipment.
- of great scope or range; extensive; broad.
- grand or pompous: a man given to large, bombastic talk.
- (of a map, model, etc.) representing the features of the original with features of its own that are relatively large so that great detail may be shown.
- famous; successful; important: He's very large in financial circles.
- Obsolete. generous; bountiful; lavish.
- unrestrained in the use of language; gross; improper.
- unrestrained in behavior or manner; uninhibited.
- Nautical. free(def 33).
- Music. the longest note in mensural notation.
- Obsolete. generosity; bounty.
- Nautical. with the wind free or abaft the beam so that all sails draw fully.
- at large,
- free from restraint or confinement; at liberty: The murderer is still at large.
- to a considerable extent; at length: to treat a subject at large.
- as a whole; in general: the country at large.
- Also at-large.representing the whole of a state, district, or body rather than one division or part of it: a delegate at large.
- Also at-large.having a general, as opposed to a specific, role in an organization or project: She’s the magazine’s editor-at-large.
- in large, on a large scale; from a broad point of view: a problem seen in large.Also in the large.
Origin of large
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Examples from the Web for largeness
This was a president who – maybe just that week – had fully grown into the largeness of his office.The Funniest WHCD Speech Bill Clinton Never Delivered
April 26, 2013
The death of the gargantuan Hummer marks the passing of our obsession with largeness.The End of Really Big
February 24, 2010
Largeness, freedom, human sympathy, are revealed upon every page.The American Mind
It wouldn't have occurred to me that it was any indication of largeness.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
This was not the largeness we were facing now, but smallness.Beyond the Vanishing Point
Raymond King Cummings
Canada is just beginning to realise the largeness of her mineral resources.Up To Date Business
It was only the largeness of the sum which made him hesitate.The Man Who Knew
- having a relatively great size, quantity, extent, etc; big
- of wide or broad scope, capacity, or range; comprehensivea large effect
- having or showing great breadth of understandinga large heart
- nautical (of the wind) blowing from a favourable direction
- rare overblown; pretentious
- obsolete (of manners and speech) gross; rude
- at large
- (esp of a dangerous criminal or wild animal) free; not confined
- roaming freely, as in a foreign country
- as a whole; in general
- in full detail; exhaustively
- ambassador-at-large See ambassador (def. 4)
- in large or in the large as a totality or on a broad scale
- nautical with the wind blowing from a favourable direction
- by and large
- (sentence modifier)generally; as a ruleby and large, the man is the breadwinner
- nauticaltowards and away from the wind
- loom large to be very prominent or important
Word Origin and History for largeness
c.1200, "bountiful, inclined to give or spend freely," also, of areas, "great in expanse," from Old French large "broad, wide; generous, bounteous," from Latin largus "abundant, copious, plentiful; bountiful, liberal in giving," of unknown origin. Main modern meanings "extensive; big in overall size" emerged 14c. An older sense of "liberated, free from restraining influence" is preserved in at large (late 14c.). Adjective phrase larger-than-life first attested 1937 (bigger than life is from 1640s).
Idioms and Phrases with largeness
see at large; big (large) as life; by and large; cog in the (a large) wheel; in some (large) measure; loom large; writ large.