Etymology: Anglo-French grant, grand, large, great, grand, from Latin grandis
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 adverb • grandness 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
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.