from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Large and impressive in size, scope, or extent; magnificent: The bridge that crosses the bay is a grand structure.
- adj. Rich and sumptuous: A grand meal was laid before them.
- adj. Of a solemn, stately, or splendid nature.
- adj. Dignified or noble in appearance or effect: a grand old face that bespeaks suffering but not defeat.
- adj. Noble or admirable in conception or intent: a grand purpose.
- adj. Lofty or sublime in character: a speech delivered in the grand style of the great orators.
- adj. Wonderful or very pleasing: had a grand time.
- adj. Having higher rank than others of the same category: a grand admiral.
- adj. Having more importance than others; principal: the grand ballroom of a hotel.
- adj. Of a haughty or pretentious nature.
- adj. Including or covering all units or aspects: the grand total.
- n. A grand piano.
- n. Slang A thousand dollars: sold the car for six grand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence, relatively great; greatest; chief; principal.
- adj. Great in size, and fine or imposing in appearance or impression; illustrious, dignified, or noble (said of persons); majestic, splendid, magnificent, or sublime (said of things).
- adj. Having higher rank or more dignity, size, or importance than other persons or things of the same name.
- adj. Standing in the second or some more remote degree of parentage or descent; -- generally used in composition; as, grandfather, grandson, grandchild, etc.
- n. One thousand dollars (cf. G).
- n. One thousand pounds sterling.
- n. A grand piano
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence, relatively great; greatest; chief; principal
- adj. Great in size, and fine or imposing in appearance or impression; illustrious, dignifled, or noble (said of persons); majestic, splendid, magnificent, or sublime (said of things)
- adj. Having higher rank or more dignity, size, or importance than other persons or things of the same name
- adj. Standing in the second or some more remote degree of parentage or descent; -- generalIy used in composition
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Great; large; especially, of imposing magnitude; majestic or sublime from size and proportion: as, a grand mountain-chasm; a grand building.
- Of very high or noble quality; lofty in character or position; of exalted power, dignity, beauty, etc.; great; noble.
- Principal; chief; most important: as, the grand master of an order; a grand jury; the grand concern of one's life.
- Prime; primal; first; original.
- In geneal., as a prefix, one degree more remote in ascent or descent: as, in grandfather, grandson (father's father, son's son), grandaunt (which see), grandnephew, grandniece (son or daughter of nephew or niece), etc.
- Complete; comprehensive; including all particulars : as, a grand total.
- In music, applied to compositions which contain all the regular parts or movements in a complete form: as, a grand sonata (a sonata containing all the proper parts in their full extent).
- A title used for the rulers of several of the principalities of Russia in the middle ages (more properly, great princes), and since for the sons of the czars of Russia, descended from the grand dukes (great princes) of Moscow.
- n. A grand piano.
- To make great.
- n. Any announcement to play without a trump suit, in such games as skat, cayenne, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. large and impressive in physical size or extent
- adj. of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope
- n. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
- adj. rich and superior in quality
- adj. the most important and magnificent in adornment
- n. a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame; usually supported by three legs
- adj. used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person
- adj. extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
- adj. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
- adj. of or befitting a lord
Whether the engine is free or costs 20 grand is a bit irrelevant when you need a hundred grand+ in art.
It was a baker's shop near where they lived, and it was rather a grand shop -- only they kept this little girl to go messages, not to the _grand_ people that came there, you know, but to the people that bought the bread when it wasn't so new -- and currant cakes that were rather stale -- like that, you know.
Soon after this grand affair, a very _grand personage_ came not unwillingly to the end of all earthly affairs.
"It has been said that the immortality of the soul is a 'grand peut-être' -- but still it is a _grand_ one.
The term "grand wizard" was what got him into trouble, since that is also what the leaders of the Ku Klux Klan were once called.
This reminds me of Hannity's unrelenting worrying about David Gregory or whoever used the term "grand Wizzard" the other day.
However, the term grand finale is only a farce this time around.
(The sense of the term grand is taken from the French word for "large.")
Obama says he is not giving up hope for what he calls a "grand bargain" to raise the country's borrowing limit while slashing government deficits.
"If you go all the way back to his  speech at the Democratic National Convention, he uses what we call grand eloquence," Katz said.
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