Pronunciation: (grand), [key]
—adj., grand•er, grand•est,
—n., pl. grands for 13, grand for 14.
1. impressive in size, appearance, or general effect: grand mountain scenery.
2. stately, majestic, or dignified: In front of an audience her manner is grand and regal.
3. highly ambitious or idealistic: grand ideas for bettering the political situation.
4. magnificent or splendid: a grand palace.
5. noble or revered: a grand old man.
6. highest, or very high, in rank or official dignity: a grand potentate.
7. main or principal; chief: the grand ballroom.
8. of great importance, distinction, or pretension: a man used to entertaining grand personages.
9. complete or comprehensive: a grand total.
10. pretending to grandeur, as a result of minor success, good fortune, etc.; conceited: Jane is awfully grand since she got promoted.
11. first-rate; very good; splendid: to have a grand time; to feel grand.
12. Music.written on a large scale or for a large ensemble: a grand fugue.
1. See grand piano.
2. Informal.an amount equal to a thousand dollars: The cops found most of the loot, but they're still missing about five grand.
a combining form used in genealogical terminology meaning “one generation more remote”: grandfather; grandnephew.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.