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(in designations of kinship) one generation removed in ascent or descent: grandson; grandfather.
[from French grand-, on the model of Latin magnus in such phrases as avunculus magnus great-uncle]
adj. grand•er, grand•est, adj.
1. impressive in size, appearance, or general effect: grand mountain scenery.
2. stately; dignified.
3. highly ambitious or idealistic: grand ideas for bettering the political situation.
4. esteemed; revered: a grand old man.
5. high in rank or official dignity.
6. of great importance, distinction, or pretension: grand personages.
7. complete; comprehensive: a grand total.
8. pretending to grandeur.
9. first-rate; splendid: had a grand time.n.
10. grand piano.
11. Informal. a thousand dollars.
[1350–1400; < Old French grant, grand < Latin grandis great, large, full-grown]
a combining form used in kinship terms with the meaning “one generation more remote” than the relation denoted by the base word: grandson.
[< French, paralleling uses of Latin māgnus and Greek megalo-]