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  • 1Magnificent and imposing in appearance, size, or style.

    ‘a grand country house’
    • ‘the dinner party was very grand’
    • ‘The room, one of 20, was decorated and furnished in the grand country house style, with a huge carved wooden bed and the largest wardrobe I have ever seen.’
    • ‘Christopher and Sara tied the knot and celebrated in style with a grand wedding party at the Captain's Corner.’
    • ‘The tandem pair were able to relax in style in the grand surrounding of the Ambassador's residence and were given a warm welcome when they arrived for an official reception last night.’
    • ‘The old, big hotels have been preserved in their grand style.’
    • ‘Or you could always take some quality time out on the Scottish isle of Eriska in a hotel built in the grand style more than 100 years ago.’
    • ‘The Mahabodhi tree itself is a magnificent spectacle with its grand trunk and spread-out branches.’
    • ‘On special occasions, you can make puddings and desserts, perfectly decorated and in a grand style.’
    • ‘Due to the lack of proper maintenance, most of these villas have lost their grand appearance.’
    • ‘If you appreciate grand style and elegance, with every modern convenience and one of the best locations in Europe, this is the hotel for you.’
    • ‘It's like he was slowly coming to the realization that the grand finale of the magnificent journey had come to this shockingly humbling ending.’
    • ‘The grand menu of dance styles and artists this city presents - in all genres and venues - is impressive and alluring.’
    • ‘In grand style, the hotel also put on a show featuring the dancers from the Icon Show Bar for guests.’
    • ‘The architecture of Constantinople had probably inspired Edward when he was fighting there in the Crusades and the castle's grand style also underlines his imperial intentions.’
    • ‘The city is the best destination if visitors want to see a mix of Western and Eastern culture and this is best seen in the different architectural styles of Shanghai's grand old houses.’
    • ‘And do you want an intimate room, modest in size, or a grand space with a lofty ceiling and broad expanse of floor?’
    • ‘In 1512, soon after a grand celebration in honour of the king's young son, who died a week later, there was a disastrous fire.’
    • ‘Despite its grand, stately appearance, this fine city struggles, shrouded in a shadow of gloom and misery, crushed under an iron fist of oppression.’
    • ‘There was nothing grand about her appearance, nothing overly styled.’
    • ‘However, amidst all the serious discussions, the hosts from the East put out the welcome mat in grand Thai style.’
    • ‘The scale, detail, and spatial clarity of the building are not those of a grand house designed to impress, but of a house for living in intimacy with the environment.’
    magnificent, imposing, impressive, awe-inspiring, splendid, resplendent, superb, striking, monumental, majestic, glorious
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    1. 1.1Large or ambitious in scope or scale.
      ‘his grand design for the future of Europe’
      • ‘collecting on a grand scale’
      • ‘An ambitious artist, he preferred to work on a grand scale with vibrant colour and virtuoso brushwork and was noted for his treatment of costume and the accuracy of his settings.’
      • ‘Rome, with characteristic bravura, solved its food supply problem on a grand scale - by constructing the largest and most impressive sea-port of the ancient world.’
      • ‘‘Melbourne used volunteers in 1956, but Sydney was first to use them on such a grand scale at the 2000 Olympics,’ he said.’
      • ‘At fashion shows, whether organised on a grand scale by professionals, or at the amateur level by college students, the saree display always fascinates the audience.’
      • ‘Everything about the project is on a grand scale.’
      • ‘The detention centre project was conceived on a grand scale.’
      • ‘But not all her work is so high-tech, or on such a grand scale.’
      • ‘And if they can be made on such a grand scale, who says smaller mistakes can't be made too - mistakes that it would be less easy to spot?’
      • ‘No expense was spared and the kitchens cranked up to produce an amazing 1,150 meals in just under three days, all on a grand scale.’
      • ‘If gardening is your passion, do it on the grand scale.’
      • ‘Matheson has a history of achievement on a grand scale.’
      • ‘This is exactly the kind of mistake a grand strategy is designed to avoid: neglecting a critical issue just because it isn't in the headlines.’
      • ‘I refer of course to ‘Europe’ as an idea and an ideal, a dream, a vision, a grand design.’
      • ‘He reassures us that the scientific-minded and religious followers share faith in a grand design.’
      • ‘It's not like it's really important in the grand scheme of things.’
      • ‘Nobody in this country should go hungry while grand plans unfold and important conferences deliberate.’
      • ‘But plans on their own, however grand and brilliant, will not deliver the province from its pressing socio-economic problems.’
      • ‘Looking back on our lives from the rocking chair, do you suppose we'll wonder what grand dreams we might have chased with those hours instead?’
      • ‘Companies proceeded as they had before, but on an even grander scale.’
      • ‘He ends with the music of the opening, this time appropriately grand, even mammoth.’
      • ‘Position papers rarely have a direct influence on grand strategy; contending bureaucracies kick in to muddy the waters.’
      ostentatious, grandiose, showy, extravagant, lordly, imperious
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    2. 1.2(of a person) of high rank and with an appearance and manner appropriate to it.
      ‘she was such a grand lady’
      • ‘He was very grand in those years and he was friends with Lord Woolsey who was the head of Her Majesty's Forces in Ireland, whose presence we're still very grateful for.’
      • ‘I'd like to start working with them, but they all probably think I'm too grand and too expensive.’
      • ‘Since reorganisation, some employees of the the council have come to realise that they are too grand and well-paid to respond to letters from residents.’
      • ‘He believed he was too grand to have something as mundane as a road named after him.’
      • ‘She didn't think she was beautiful, she didn't think she was grand.’
      • ‘He is very grand and stays at the Hyatt, which is convenient for us, as we have recently moved to Pudong.’
      • ‘I thought I'd have liked to launch Pete's boat, but felt I wasn't grand enough, and I'd not been asked.’
      • ‘They would never come in scruffy, they were very grand and en route to marrying very well - the gossip was wonderful.’
      • ‘She was grand in her richly ornate gown and headdress.’
      • ‘I'm a Mason yet I hold no provincial or grand rank.’
      • ‘I used to imagine that I was a grand lady with full billowing gowns whenever I walked down the staircase.’
      • ‘She decided to put herself into the mindset of a grand lady.’
      • ‘I didn't dare go up the stairs because I feared facing the grand Lady Nicole.’
      • ‘She refuses to learn her place, is defiant to the queen and gives herself airs of being the grand lady!’
      • ‘It was a perfect way to help a grand lady celebrate her 80th.’
      • ‘She was the grand old lady of the monarchy who slipped peacefully away after 101 years of faithful service to her country.’
      • ‘Mary at 78 years was well known and respected and reputed as a grand old lady.’
      • ‘If you know Mrs. Mariwala you know one would hesitate to call her a grand old lady, so zestful and active she is.’
      • ‘She may very well be a grand, sweet lady, but she did some decidedly lowbrow, unladylike things.’
      • ‘As you said, the grand old lady just turned 40, this is brand new technology, so hopefully it should be bigger and better.’
      august, distinguished, illustrious, eminent, esteemed, great, elevated, exalted, honoured, venerable, dignified, refined, respectable
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    3. 1.3Used in names of places or buildings to suggest size or splendor.
      ‘the Grand Canyon’
      • ‘the Grand Hotel’
      • ‘Flying over and through the Grand Canyon offers a unique perspective of its true grandeur.’
      • ‘The Grand Theatre has a wide variety of shows and exhibitions for everyone to enjoy.’
      • ‘He is chairman of Northern Ballet Theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance and the Grand Theatre.’
      • ‘I recently drove into York for a concert at The Grand Opera House.’
      • ‘Derren Brown is at the Grand Opera House, York, tomorrow night.’
      • ‘It also affected South Mall, Grand Parade, Merchants' Quay, and Washington Street.’
      • ‘Cinderella will run from December 14 to January 7 at the Grand Opera House.’
      • ‘Its next performance will be Bugsy Malone at the Grand Opera House.’
      • ‘Mom and I went to see the Agatha Christie play Verdict at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, last night.’
      • ‘We had tickets to see Annie Get Your Gun at the Grand Opera House, York, on Sunday, October 10.’
      • ‘In May 1897, an Irish fair was held at the Grand Central Palace on Lexington Avenue, New York.’
      • ‘Opera North's production of Manon is in rep at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, from Thursday until November 15.’
      • ‘Slow Food is coming to Scotland this Thursday when a a Grand Scottish Banquet will be held at Edinburgh's Sheraton Grand Hotel.’
      • ‘… Looney Tunes Live On Stage at the Grand Opera House in York from Tuesday to next Saturday.’
      • ‘The tour will open in Gift's home town at Hull City Hall on June 1 and will visit the Grand Opera House in York on June 8.’
      • ‘This year, Greg Nelson's North is being presented by the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.’
      • ‘You can catch Gary in Bad Blood at Blackpool's Grand Theatre from April 28 to May 2.’
      • ‘In the Grand Theatre, Van Eysden gave Sunday plays and performed on Tuesday and Friday.’
      • ‘Leslie Grantham appears in Misery at the Grand Opera House, York, from Monday to Saturday.’
      • ‘Late on Tuesday I met up with Sarah Baxter at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station.’
      • ‘Scotsoft 2002 takes place on Friday at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh.’
  • 2attributive Denoting the largest or most important item of its kind.

    ‘the grand entrance’
    • ‘The arresting features of the building as visitors arrive are the new entrance, a new grand stairwell and the development of a central atrium with skylight.’
    • ‘Trouble was, she bred so many grand champions she had to stop counting at 100.’
    • ‘The last man, or woman, standing receives the grand prize, a large sum of money.’
    • ‘The grand finale featured Cecilia on stage preparing a bride for her final vows.’
    • ‘That is why the choice of the referee for big matches, such as the grand final, is important.’
    • ‘Lindsey's work will now go through to the international grand final in the autumn.’
    • ‘Big man Nik Woods will be an important player in the grand final as will Gordan Chadd.’
    • ‘The victory also means that the Group One grand finals will be held in Grafton.’
    • ‘The grand entrance had been smeared with paint and graffiti while a unique Victorian glass lantern roof had been smashed letting water pour on to the decorative floors below.’
    • ‘He smiles warmly as he walks towards me in the grand entrance of Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly.’
    • ‘After 1570 another leading architect, John Smythson, modernized the house and added classically inspired fronts to the entrance and to the grand entrance to the hall.’
    • ‘The vast lawns, portico and grand entrance hall were eerily quiet and empty.’
    • ‘The grand entrance foyer and marble staircase were clearly visible as the front entrance of the building stood open.’
    • ‘He went for a visit recently, checking out the grand entrance, sweeping central staircase and miniature lifts, complete with photos.’
    • ‘The main hospital clock tower and grand entrance hall will be used for health care.’
    • ‘Clearly visible was the grand entrance foyer and marble staircase with piles of rubbish in the reading room.’
    • ‘With large black metal fittings the door looked like the grand entrance to a great castle… and yet I was standing in a darkened and cold corridor.’
    • ‘The facade of the five Georgian buildings is listed, and planners expect that the new grand entrance to the theatre will be on Granby Row, beside the wax museum.’
    • ‘The Beckham convoy pulled up at the grand entrance, usually reserved for royalty and visiting heads of state, inside the palace quadrangle.’
    • ‘At Valencia, he not only built a side to compete with the great Real Madrid and Barcelona, but beat them to the grand prize in style.’
    main, principal, foremost, major, central, prime
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    1. 2.1Of the highest rank (used especially in official titles)
      ‘the grand duke’
      • ‘She will remain Grand Marshal of the Association until St Patrick's Day 2005.’
      • ‘Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Queen Sonja of Norway were accompanied by Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and the Earl of Wessex.’
      • ‘But it doesn't sit well with Grand Chief Shirley Adamson of the Council of Yukon First Nations.’
      • ‘He is also the Great Grand Master of the Omni Healing and the Grand Reiki Master for Traditional Reiki.’
      • ‘She is also a previous Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Mineola.’
      • ‘Currently 63 of the Grand Officers of the Orange Order are also Church of Ireland clergy.’
      • ‘At the ceremony, held at the ambassador's residence, Hristova was named a Grand Officer of the Order.’
      • ‘As Grand Master of the Knights of St John, he still regarded the island as his by right.’
    2. 2.2Law (of a crime) serious.
      Compare with petty (sense 2)
      ‘grand theft’
      • ‘A Los Angeles jury convicted him of forgery, attempted grand theft, and perjury.’
      • ‘They were charged with grand theft auto and felony evasion.’
      • ‘She has now been convicted of grand theft and vandalism but will not be facing jail time when she appears for sentencing on December 6.’
      • ‘Two men were arrested for grand theft.’
      • ‘Against her are three counts of high treason, one count grand theft auto, one count resisting custody, one count unordered arson.’
  • 3 informal Very good or enjoyable; excellent.

    • ‘we had a grand day’
    • ‘We are full of admiration for the grand work of your crews, and I know our squadrons are delighted.’
    • ‘Mummy's looking just grand.’
    • ‘Yesterday we had a grand day out in London.’
    • ‘Ain't it grand to have a loyal woman at your side!’
    • ‘Ain't it grand that a Victorian team made the grade!’
    • ‘"A black coffee would be grand, " he said without looking up.’
    • ‘Actually that may happen without our help… ain't nature grand!’
    • ‘Poll after poll depicts a generation that thinks their parents are just grand.’
    • ‘"The golf course is just grand, " he said.’
    • ‘How absolutely grand that the world is in the hands of such people.’
    • ‘Ain't it grand to see what a little tweaking of natural processes can yield?’
    • ‘‘Ah,’ she said, ‘you're looking grand, considering.’’
    • ‘I'm glad we went; it was a wonderful family night, a grand time.’
    • ‘Less traumatic and emotional than funerals and weddings, family reunions are a grand opportunity to check out your gene pool.’
    • ‘The small but perfectly formed publisher of the same name is doing a grand job in resuscitating the tradition of the cheap pamphlet.’
    • ‘Isn't it grand for a name to reverberate with meaning for the parents in the sense of their bestowing a blessing on a child?’
    • ‘Above everything else, hunting is good times - no - make that great and grand times with family and friends.’
    excellent, very good, marvellous, splendid, first-class, first-rate, wonderful, brilliant, outstanding, sterling, of the first water, fine, admirable, commendable, creditable
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  • 4in combination (in names of family relationships) denoting one generation removed in ascent or descent.

    • ‘a grand-niece’



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  • plural noun grand

    1 informal A thousand dollars or pounds.

    • ‘he gets thirty-five grand a year’
    • ‘No one in their right mind is going to pay a grand for the console.’
    • ‘The victim was given a few grand to keep quiet and the manager kept his job.’
    • ‘You could make a good living doing this: taking a few grand to draw up plans, then blowing out the budget by such a preposterous amount that your client simply wants you to go away.’
    • ‘And that fact that he's made a few grand is kinda cool.’
    • ‘A windfall of a few grand would be very welcome, but now that we are all aware of the problem we are taking steps to sort everything out.’
    • ‘Since I've seen another student spend over a grand on a mobile hard drive/digital camera combo, I've decided to start flashing the cash.’
    • ‘Spend a few grand more and a mid-1990s example is within your reach: provided it has been regularly maintained it should still have plenty of life left in it.’
    • ‘Drums are expensive. If drumming turned out to be just another one of my fads, I would feel pretty foolish to have splashed out half a grand on something I would never use again.’
    • ‘While I like my realtor and consider her a personal friend, if we ever sell our new home, we'll do it ourselves and save a few grand next time around.’
    • ‘Fifty grand is not a lot of income any more: In many areas of the country it is not enough to qualify for a home mortgage, for example.’
    • ‘She then heads off on holiday to Spain with Lanna, returning to find a cheque for a hundred grand lying on the doormat, so quits her job in the supermarket and heads back to the sun.’
    • ‘All of this was much to the amazement of my grandfather, who observed that two and a half grand spent on a marine conservation expedition had left me with some useful skills.’
    • ‘Two grand doesn't go far when consulting a lawyer for legal advice.’
    • ‘Whoever's holding that suitcase guesses what's inside it - if their guess is correct, they win a grand.’
    • ‘Three weeks ago, we decided to put our offer in, at just a few grand under the asking price.’
    • ‘So if he sold it now, he'd be able to get maybe a grand on it and then hire a cab for when he was able and felt up to working.’
    • ‘Just invest a few grand in plastic surgery and maybe you too could become one of the most beautiful women on the planet.’
    • ‘Councillors even want to bung a barrister a few grand to state their case at the public inquiry.’
    • ‘The fifty grand cash in hundred dollar bills they were carrying was also more money than they usually carried.’
    • ‘She gets 300 grand a club appearance.’
    thousand dollars, thousand pounds
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  • 2A grand piano.

    ‘Keys continue into the body of the piano for another twelve inches or so, making the entire key about eighteen inches long in upright pianos and smaller grand pianos, and almost two feet long in nine-foot grands.’
    • ‘Many manufacturers will offer both uprights and grands with smaller keyboards.’
    • ‘The Hamilton H399 joins the full line of Hamilton grands and verticals off, red by Gibson Guitar's Wurlitzer piano division.’
    • ‘Still in 1910, 139,000 teachers were teaching Americans how to play on parlor pianos, uprights, baby grands and grands.’
    • ‘In his home studio in Bell Canyon, at the west end of the San Fernando Valley, Garson has three grands.’
    • ‘But even four uprights would have overcrowded the small stage of the Arts Centre's Great Hall, let alone four grands.’



/ɡrand/ /ɡrænd/


    grand old man
    • A man long and highly respected in a particular sphere.

      ‘Goldstein of the Village Voice, the grand old man of rock criticism, wrote that style is the key to success for rock bands’
      • ‘But I am a joker and I make fun of death,’ said the grand old man of words.’
      • ‘He was the grand old man of British politics.’
      • ‘But he had one - since the Republicans had lost the 1960 election, he was still considered the grand old man of the party.’
      • ‘Doctors drop in to visit him and when he's out walking down Carter Road, old patients (who look older than him) walk up to greet the grand old man of medicine.’
      • ‘Since the successful running of a restaurant is a team effort, the grand old man of catering also presented mementos to his employees in appreciation of their contribution.’
      • ‘All of sudden I'm the grand old man of New South Wales politics.’
      • ‘He could be considered the grand old man of the internet in Scotland.’
      • ‘Hockney, now almost 70, is fast approaching the status of a grand old man of British art and this well-chosen show allows us to see precisely why.’
      • ‘The grand old man of American business had been looking to secure a favourable result for the world's largest-ever industrial takeover.’
      • ‘His career may be a legacy in progress but he has clearly reached a point where others regard him as a slightly intimidating grand old man of cinema.’


Middle English from Old French grant, grand, from Latin grandis ‘full-grown, big, great’. The original uses were to denote family relationships (grand (sense 4 of the adjective), following Old French usage) and as a title (the Grand, translating Old French le Grand); hence the senses ‘of the highest rank’, ‘of great importance’.