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[gran-jer, -joo r] /ˈgræn dʒər, -dʒʊər/
the quality or state of being impressive or awesome:
the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.
the quality or state of being lofty or elevated in conception or treatment:
the grandeur of a prose style.
the quality or state of being exalted in some deliberate way:
the grandeur of a royal court.
an instance of something that is grand:
the grandeurs of Rembrandt's paintings.
Origin of grandeur
1490-1500; < French, Old French, equivalent to grand- grand + -eur -or1
3. stateliness, majesty; pomp, splendor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Certainly a great backdrop tree, it provides good screening and a sense of grandeur to any garden.
  • He shows lack of respect for my monarchical grandeur.
  • Oh, the delusions of grandeur, and the grandeur of delusions.
  • Its least attractive characters believe in grandeur based on birth or rank.
  • Only traces of that grandeur are still in evidence.
  • Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily-in other words, grandeur is out.
  • Audiences have come to expect a certain visual grandeur as well.
  • The grandeur of the style, the gorgeous strutting.
  • In psychiatry, grandeur and paranoia are two kinds of delusion.
  • Its imposing façade gave my errand a sense of grandeur.
British Dictionary definitions for grandeur


personal greatness, esp when based on dignity, character, or accomplishments
magnificence; splendour
pretentious or bombastic behaviour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandeur

c.1500, "loftiness, height," from Middle French grandeur "grandness, greatness," Old French grandor (12c.), from grand "great" (see grand (adj.)). Extended sense of "majesty, stateliness" is first recorded 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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