Definition of grand
What does the word grand mean?
part of speech: noun
German. National, steeplechase run annually at Liverpool; do the g. (colloq.), be ostentatious, put on airs; (as n., ellipt. for) g. piano (upright g., kind with the mechanism of the g. accommodated to an upright shape).
part of speech: adjective, noun
(In official titles) chief over others, of highest rank, (G. Almoner, Falconer, &c, holders of old offices still existing; German Cross; German Duke, Duchess, ruler of some European States called German Duchy, also child of Tsar, whence Grand-ducal a.; g. duke, also Great Horned Owl; German Master, head of military order of knighthood, head of Freemasons or of one of their provinces, & of Odd Fellows &c.; German Signior, pr. sen-, German Turk, Sultan of Turkey German Vizier, chief minister of Turkey); (Law) great, principal, (opp. petty, common; g. assize, inquest, jury); of most or great importance (that is the g. question; made a g. mistake); final, summing up minor constituents, (g. total; g. finale; the g. sum or result of his achievements); (distinguishing parts of large building) main (the g. staircase, entrance, &c); (in F phrases or imitations) great (g. army, German Canal, German Hotel); (Mus.) full, of full dimensions, for full orchestra, in full classical form, (g. sonata, chorus, concerto); conducted with solemnity, splendour, &c.; fine, splendid, gorgeous; belonging to high society, distinguished; imposing, impressive, great& handsome; dignified, lofty, in conception, treatment, or expression (g. style, fitted for great subjects); morally imposing, noble, admirable, (the Grand old Man or G.O.M., W. English Gladstone); (colloq.) very satisfactory (had a g. run; ground was in g. condition), (in names of relationships) in the second degree of ascent or descent (grandson, g.-nephew, one\'s child\'s son or nephew; grand-. mother, g.-aunt, one\'s parent\'s mother or aunt; so grandchild; g.-daughter; grandfather, grandfather\'s clock, worked by weights in tall wooden case; grandmamma; grandmother, whence grandmotherly a., esp. of legislation &c. =excessively paternal; teach your grandmother to suck eggs; g.-niece; grandpapa; grandparent; grandsire, esp. of animal\'s sire\'s sire, also =ancestor, old man, & a method of ringing changes on bells; g. -uncle); g. air, distinguished appearance; g. committee, one of two standing committees of House of Commons sessionally appointed to consider Law& Trade Bills; gr. lodge; g. piano (forte), large harp-shaped horizontal piano; g. stand, principal stand for spectators at races &c.; g. tour (archaic), tour of chief towns &c. of Europe completing young man\'s education. Hence grandly adv., grandness n. [old French]