Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “grandiloquent”

See all translations

grandiloquent

adjective uk   /ɡrænˈdɪl.ə.kwənt/ formal mainly disapproving us  
A grandiloquent style or way of using language is complicated in order to attract admiration and attention, especially in order to make someone or something seem important: Her speech was full of grandiloquent language, but it contained no new ideas.
grandiloquence
noun [U] uk   /-kwəns/ us  
grandiloquently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
(Definition of grandiloquent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of grandiloquent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

ice over

If an area of water ices over, it becomes covered with a layer of ice.

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More