Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson all stayed at El Paisano, still the grandest hotel in town.
Oh, what you could tell us, enthused Elizabeth, as we walked into the grandest of parties.
The State of the Union is American political theater at its grandest.
The evolution and geology of the planet, then, is intricately linked on the grandest of scales with the evolution of life.
Still, Horowitz faces stiff competition when it comes to becoming a man in the grandest fashion.
To them it opens a traditional perspective, the grandest in all history.
Oh, it was much nicer than the grandest gift the stores could offer.
The grandest hours of a gambling saloon are not the opening ones.
And these qualities are the grandest qualities of all superior people.
It seemed to me, in my young days, that it was the grandest thing in the world to be a Challis.
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]