adjective, grander, grandest.
impressive in size, appearance, or general effect:
grand mountain scenery.
stately, majestic, or dignified:
In front of an audience her manner is grand and regal.
highly ambitious or idealistic:
grand ideas for bettering the political situation.
magnificent or splendid:
a grand palace.
noble or revered:
a grand old man.
highest, or very high, in rank or official dignity:
a grand potentate.
main or principal; chief:
the grand ballroom.
of great importance, distinction, or pretension:
a man used to entertaining grand personages.
complete or comprehensive:
a grand total.
pretending to grandeur, as a result of minor success, good fortune, etc.; conceited:
Jane is awfully grand since she got promoted.
first-rate; very good; splendid:
to have a grand time; to feel grand.
Music. written on a large scale or for a large ensemble:
a grand fugue.
noun, plural grands for 13, grand for 14.
Informal. an amount equal to a thousand dollars:
The cops found most of the loot, but they’re still missing about five grand.
a combining form used in genealogical terminology meaning “one generation more remote”:
large or impressive in size, extent, or consequence: grand mountain scenery
characterized by or attended with magnificence or display; sumptuous: a grand feast
of great distinction or pretension; dignified or haughty
designed to impress: he punctuated his story with grand gestures
very good; wonderful
comprehensive; complete: a grand total
worthy of respect; fine: a grand old man
large or impressive in conception or execution: grand ideas
most important; chief: the grand arena
short for grand piano
(slang) (pl) grand. a thousand pounds or dollars
(in designations of kinship) one generation removed in ascent or descent: grandson, grandfather
late 14c., grant “large, big” (early 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French graunt and directly from Old French grant, grand (10c.) “large, tall; grown-up; great, powerful, important; strict, severe; extensive; numerous,” from Latin grandis “big, great; full, abundant,” also “full-grown;” figuratively “strong, powerful, weighty, severe” (perhaps cognate with Greek brenthyomai “to swagger, be haughty”). It supplanted magnus in Romanic languages; in English with a special sense of “imposing.” The connotations of “noble, sublime, lofty, dignified,” etc., were in Latin. As a general term of admiration, “magnificent, splendid,” from 1816. Related: Grander; grandest.
The use of grand- in compounds, with the sense of “a generation older than, or younger than,” is first attested c.1200, in Anglo-French graund dame “grandmother.” Latin and Greek had similar usages.
Grand jury is late 15c. Grand piano from 1797. The grand tour of the principal sites of continental Europe, as part of a gentleman’s education, is attested by that name from 1660s. The Grand Canyon was so called 1871 by Maj. John Wesley Powell, scientific adventurer, who explored it; earlier it had been known as Big Canyon.
“thousand dollars,” 1915, American English underworld slang, from grand (adj.).
A thousand dollars; gee: A banker would scarcely call one thousand dollars ”one grand”
[1920+ Underworld & sports; said to have originated with Peaches Van Camp, a criminal who flashed such grand notes for ostentation]
/ˈɡrænˌdæd/ noun (pl) -dads, -daddies 1. informal words for grandfather n. also granddad, 1819, from grand (adj.) + dad. Grandaddy is attested from 1769; figuratively (in grandaddy of all _____) from 1956. Grand dada attested from 1690s.
- Grandad shirt
noun 1. a long-sleeved collarless shirt
[gran-duh m, -dam] /ˈgræn dəm, -dæm/ noun 1. a grandmother. 2. an old woman. /ˈɡrændəm; -dæm/ noun 1. an archaic word for grandmother
[gran-duh m, -dam] /ˈgræn dəm, -dæm/ noun 1. a grandmother. 2. an old woman. /ˈɡrændəm; -dæm/ noun 1. an archaic word for grandmother n. c.1200, “a grandmother; an old woman,” from grand (adj.) + dame. Cf. Anglo-French graund dame. Contracted form grannam attested from 1590s.