Definition of grand adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡrænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡrænd//
    (grander, grandest) How a building looks
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  1. 1  impressive and large or important It's not a very grand house. The wedding was a very grand occasion. See related entries: How a building looks
  2. 2Grand [only before noun] used in the names of impressive or very large buildings, etc. the Grand Canyon We stayed at the Grand Hotel.
  3. 3  needing 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. 4(of people) behaving in a proud way because they are rich or from a high social class They're all Lord or Lady somebody or other, but they're not at all grand. She put on her grandest air and waltzed into the living room to join the others.
  5. 5(dialect or informal) very good or enjoyable; excellent I had a grand day out at the seaside. Thanks. That'll be grand! Fred did a grand job of painting the house.
  6. 6Grand used in the titles of people of very high social rank the Grand Duchess Elena
  7. see also grandeur
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French grant, grand, from Latin grandis ‘full-grown, big, great’. The original uses were to denote family relationships and as a title (the Grand, translating Old French le Grand); hence the senses ‘of the highest rank’, ‘of great importance’.Idioms
    a/the grand old age (of…)
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    a great age She finally learned to drive at the grand old age of 70.
    a/the grand old man (of something)
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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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