Definition of grandeur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡrændʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrændʒər//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈɡrændjə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrændjər//
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  1. 1the quality of being great and impressive in appearance synonym splendour the grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture The hotel had an air of faded grandeur.
  2. 2the importance or social status somebody has or thinks they have He has a sense of grandeur about him. She is clearly suffering from delusions of grandeur (= thinks she is more important than she really is).
  3. see also grand
    Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting tall stature): from French, from grand ‘great, grand’, from Latin grandis ‘full-grown, big, great’.Extra examples the majestic grandeur of the Grand Canyon the rugged grandeur of the mountains We admired the grandeur and simplicity of the Roman architecture.
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