from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being grand; magnificence: "The world is charged with the grandeur of God” ( Gerard Manley Hopkins).
  • n. Nobility or greatness of character.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being grand or splendid; magnificence.
  • n. Nobility.
  • n. Greatness; largeness; tallness; loftiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being grand; vastness; greatness; splendor; magnificence; stateliness; sublimity; dignity; elevation of thought or expression; nobility of action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being grand or great; specifically, that quality or combination of qualities in an object whieh affects the imagination with a sense of sublimity or magnificence.
  • n. Synonyms Greatness, majesty, loftiness, stateliness, state, dignity, augustness, splendor, pomp, sublimity. See grand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
  • n. the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand


Middle English, from Old French, from grand, great, from Latin grandis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French grandeur, from grand, from Latin grandis ("grown up, great"). (Wiktionary)


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  • I say that the real and permanent grandeur of these States must be their religion,
    Otherwise there is just no real and permanent grandeur

    Whitman, "Starting from Paumanok"

    January 9, 2008