- 1impressive and large or important It's not a very grand house. The wedding was a very grand occasion.
- 2 Grand [only before noun] used in the names of impressive or very large buildings, etc. the Grand Canyon We left from Grand Central Station.
- 3needing a lot of effort, money, or time to succeed but intended to achieve impressive results a grand design/plan/strategy New Yorkers built their city on a grand scale.
- 4 (of people) behaving in a proud way because they are rich or from a high social class My aunt was such a grand lady. She put on her grandest air and waltzed into the living room to join the others.
- 5Grand used in the titles of people of very high social rank the Grand Duchess Elena see also grandeur
- adverb He described himself grandly as a “landscape architect.” “It is not the money,” she replied grandly, “it is the principle of the thing.”
- noun [uncountable] the grandness of the surroundingsIdioms
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a great age She finally learned to drive at the grand old age of 70.
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a man who is respected in a particular profession that he has been involved in for a long time James Lovelock, the grand old man of environmental science
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