large

[ lahrj ]
/ lɑrdʒ /
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adjective, larg·er, larg·est.

noun

Music. the longest note in mensural notation.
Obsolete. generosity; bounty.

adverb

Nautical. with the wind free or abaft the beam so that all sails draw fully.

Nearby words

  1. laree,
  2. lares,
  3. lares and penates,
  4. largactil,
  5. largando,
  6. large as life,
  7. large black,
  8. large calorie,
  9. large cane,
  10. large cell carcinoma

Idioms

    at large,
    1. free from restraint or confinement; at liberty: The murderer is still at large.
    2. to a considerable extent; at length: to treat a subject at large.
    3. as a whole; in general: the country at large.
    4. Also at-large. representing the whole of a state, district, or body rather than one division or part of it: a delegate at large.
    5. 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

1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin larga, feminine of largus ample, generous

Related formslarge·ness, nouno·ver·large, adjectiveul·tra·large, adjectiveun·large, adjective

Can be confusedlarge largess

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British Dictionary definitions for largeness

large

/ (lɑːdʒ) /

adjective

noun

at large
  1. (esp of a dangerous criminal or wild animal) free; not confined
  2. roaming freely, as in a foreign country
  3. as a whole; in general
  4. in full detail; exhaustively
  5. ambassador-at-large See ambassador (def. 4)
in large or in the large as a totality or on a broad scale

adverb

Derived Formslargeness, noun

Word Origin for large

C12 (originally: generous): via Old French from Latin largus ample, abundant

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Word Origin and History for largeness
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Idioms and Phrases with largeness

large

see at large; big (large) as life; by and large; cog in the (a large) wheel; in some (large) measure; loom large; writ large.

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