grand

[grand]
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: a grand old man.
6.
highest, or very high, in rank or official dignity: a grand potentate.
7.
main or principal; chief: the grand ballroom.
8.
of great importance, distinction, or pretension: a man used to entertaining grand personages.
9.
complete or comprehensive: a grand total.
10.
pretending to grandeur, as a result of minor success, good fortune, etc.; conceited: Jane is awfully grand since she got promoted.
11.
first-rate; very good; splendid: to have a grand time; to feel grand.
12.
Music. written on a large scale or for a large ensemble: a grand fugue.
noun, plural grands for 13, grand for 14.
14.
Informal. an amount equal to a thousand dollars: The cops found most of the loot, but they're still missing about five grand.

Origin:
1350–1400; 1920–25 for def 14; Middle English gra(u)nd, gra(u)nt < Old French grant, grand < Latin grand- (stem of grandis) great, large full-grown

grandly, adverb
grandness, noun
ungrand, adjective


2. princely, regal, royal, exalted. 4. great, large, palatial; brilliant, superb. 9. inclusive.


1. insignificant. 2. modest, unassuming. 3. small; mean. 7. minor.
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grand-

a combining form used in genealogical terminology meaning “one generation more remote”: grandfather; grandnephew.

Origin:
special use of grand

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grand (ɡrænd)
 
adj
1.  large or impressive in size, extent, or consequence: grand mountain scenery
2.  characterized by or attended with magnificence or display; sumptuous: a grand feast
3.  of great distinction or pretension; dignified or haughty
4.  designed to impress: he punctuated his story with grand gestures
5.  very good; wonderful
6.  comprehensive; complete: a grand total
7.  worthy of respect; fine: a grand old man
8.  large or impressive in conception or execution: grand ideas
9.  most important; chief: the grand arena
 
n , grand
10.  short for grand piano
11.  slang a thousand pounds or dollars
 
[C16: from Old French, from Latin grandis]
 
'grandly
 
adv
 
'grandness
 
n

grand-
 
prefix
(in designations of kinship) one generation removed in ascent or descent: grandson; grandfather
 
[from French grand-, on the model of Latin magnus in such phrases as avunculus magnus great-uncle]

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grand
1125, from Anglo-Fr. graunt, from O.Fr. grant, grand, from L. grandis "big, great," also "full-grown" (cognate with Gk. brenthueothai "to swagger"). It supplanted magnus in Romance languages; in Eng. with a special sense of "imposing." The connotations of "moral greatness, sublimity," etc., were in Latin.
As a general term of admiration, 1816. The noun meaning "thousand dollars" is first recorded in Amer.Eng. underworld slang, 1915, from the adj. 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.
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Example sentences
Many of the posts here take a tiny hint of a possibility and spin these grand delusions in great detail.
Bankers who are not quite so important get a not-so-grand tax break, roughly
  half as large.
Grand theories are always open to correction, and other grand theories stand in
  rivalry.
The prime minister's opponents want a grand coalition.
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