Definition of “grand” - English Dictionary

“grand” in British English

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uk /ɡrænd/ us /ɡrænd/

grand adjective (IMPORTANT)

important and large in degree:

She has all kinds of grand ideas.
His job has a grand title, but he's little more than a clerk.

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  • The novel deals with grand themes, but is never heavy or pretentious.
  • He's just reached the grand old age of 95.
  • I was disappointed not to get the job, but it's not that important in the grand scheme of things.
  • Present on this grand occasion were Andrew Davies, Melissa Peters and other such stars.
  • None of his grand plans for a TV series ever came to fruition.

grand adjective (SPLENDID)

C1 impressive and large or important:

The Palace of Versailles is very grand.
They always entertain their guests in grand style.

used in the name of a place or building to show that it is large or beautiful and deserves to be admired:

the Grand Hotel
the Grand Canyon
the Grand Canal
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡrænd.nəs/ us /ˈɡrænd.nəs/

grandnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrænd/ us /ɡrænd/ plural grand

(Definition of “grand” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“grand” in American English

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us /ɡrænd/

grand adjective (IMPORTANT)

important and large in degree or size:

When I mess up, I mess up on a grand scale.
The ten top essayists will compete for the $10,000 grand prize (= the largest prize in the competition).
The new restaurant will hold its grand opening Saturday (= a big celebration of the opening of its business).

grand adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

attractive in style and appearance:

A grand staircase leads to the second floor.

grandnoun [ C ]

us /ɡrænd/ plural grand abbreviation G slang

grand noun [ C ] (MONEY)


He lost three grand in the stock market last week.

(Definition of “grand” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“grand” in Business English

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grandnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrænd/ us plural grand abbreviation G informal MONEY

a thousand dollars or pounds:

My college text books alone cost a couple of grand.

(Definition of “grand” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)