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.
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
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]
[grand] /grænd/ noun 1. a city in W Alberta, in W Canada.
[grand] /grænd/ adjective, grander, grandest. 1. impressive in size, appearance, or general effect: grand mountain scenery. 2. stately, majestic, or dignified: In front of an audience her manner is grand and regal. 3. highly ambitious or idealistic: grand ideas for bettering the political situation. 4. magnificent or splendid: a grand palace. 5. noble or revered: […]
[French grahnd-ter] /French grɑ̃dˈtɛr/ noun 1. See under . [gwahd-l-oop] /ˌgwɑd lˈup/ noun 1. two islands (Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre) separated by a narrow channel in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies: together with five dependencies they form an overseas department of France. 687 sq. mi. (1179 sq. km). Capital: Basse-Terre. /French ɡrɑ̃dtɛr/ noun 1. […]
[gran-jer, -joo r] /ˈgræn dʒər, -dʒʊər/ noun 1. the quality or state of being impressive or awesome: the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. 2. the quality or state of being lofty or elevated in conception or treatment: the grandeur of a prose style. 3. the quality or state of being exalted in some deliberate way: […]