Inside, the speeches were almost too clever by half, as if the grand auditions for Oscar voters were in full affect.
As with his famous namesake before him, this would be a grand Tour, but one done by car.
Winston Ross gets his hands on the hot new videogame grand Theft Auto V and loves every minute of it.
And, oh yes, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, one of the grand Old Partiers serving in Obamaland.
The fiscal-cliff drama will likely end without any grand bargain on revenues and entitlements.
Out of the church at that moment, grand air and all, sauntered Peter Blood.
And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!
We begin with grand purposes, and we end with very poor results.
But light and motion and a grand future are waiting for such as he.
Recent reports of grand juries note some improvement in their conduct.
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]