grand
I. adjective Etymology: Anglo-French grant, grand, large, great, grand, from Latin grandis Date: 1548 1. a. having more importance than others ; foremost b. having higher rank than others bearing the same general designation <
the grand champion
>
2. a. inclusive, comprehensive <
the grand total of all money paid out
>
b. definitive, incontrovertible <
grand example
>
3. chief, principal 4. large and striking in size, scope, extent, or conception <
grand design
>
5. a. lavish, sumptuous <
a grand celebration
>
b. marked by a regal form and dignity c. fine or imposing in appearance or impression d. lofty, sublime <
writing in the grand style
>
6. a. pretending to social superiority ; supercilious b. intended to impress <
a person of grand gestures
>
7. very good ; wonderful <
a grand time
>
grandly adverbgrandness noun Synonyms: grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity <
a grand staircase
>
. magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste <
magnificent paintings
>
. imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness <
an imposing edifice
>
. stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement <
the stately procession
>
. majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur <
a majestic waterfall
>
. grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience <
grandiose hydroelectric projects
>
but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration <
grandiose schemes
>
. II. noun Date: 1840 1. grand piano 2. plural grand slang a thousand dollars

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