grand Definition

  • 1magnificent and imposing in appearance, size, or style
  • 2important and deserving respect or admiration
  • 3a thousand dollars

Using grand: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "grand" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The grand palace was a sight to behold.

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    She had a grand vision for the future of the company.

  • Example

    He inherited a grand sum of money from his grandfather.

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    The grand finale was a spectacular display of fireworks.

grand Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using grand

  • the grand scheme of things

    the overall plan or purpose of something, especially when it is complex or not immediately obvious


    In the grand scheme of things, this setback is just a minor obstacle.

  • to make a big display or performance, often with the intention of impressing others


    The company put on a grand show to launch their new product line.

  • an elderly man who is respected and influential in his field or community


    He was known as the grand old man of literature, having written many acclaimed books over the course of his career.

Phrases with grand

  • the final sum of a list of figures


    After adding up all the expenses, the grand total came to $500.

  • a home run hit with all bases occupied, resulting in four runs scored; also used figuratively to describe a great success


    He hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game.

  • a tour of the major cities and cultural sites of Europe, especially one undertaken by young people in the 18th and 19th centuries


    After graduating from college, she went on a grand tour of Europe to broaden her horizons.

Origins of grand

from Old French 'grant', meaning 'large'


Summary: grand in Brief

The term 'grand' [ɡrænd] describes something magnificent, impressive, or important. It can refer to physical appearance, as in 'The grand palace was a sight to behold,' or to a person's achievements, as in 'She had a grand vision for the future of the company.' 'Grand' also denotes a sum of money, such as 'He inherited a grand sum of money from his grandfather.' Phrases like 'grand slam' and idioms like 'the grand scheme of things' add further nuance to the term.

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