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     ( grand pianos    plural  ) A grand piano is a large piano whose strings are set horizontally to the ground. Grand pianos are used especially for giving concerts and making recordings.      n-count  
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grand     ( grander    comparative)   ( grandest    superlative)   ( grands    plural  )
The form grand is used as the plural for meaning 8.     
1       adj   If you describe a building or a piece of scenery as grand, you mean that its size or appearance is very impressive.   (=majestic)  
...this grand building in the center of town..., The scenery of South Island is on a grand scale.     
2       adj   Grand plans or actions are intended to achieve important results.  
The grand design of Europe's monetary union is already agreed.     
3       adj   People who are grand think they are important or socially superior.,   (disapproval)    He is grander and even richer than the Prince of Wales...     
4       adj   If you describe an activity or experience as grand, you mean that it is very pleasant and enjoyable.   (=great)  
The dinner was a grand success..., He was having a grand time meeting new sorts of people.     
5       adj   You can describe someone or something as grand when you admire or approve of them very much.  
INFORMAL, SPOKEN, approval  
(=great, wonderful)  

He was a grand bloke.     
6       adj   A grand total is one that is the final amount or the final result of a calculation.  
ADJ n  
It came to a grand total of £220,329.     
7       adj   Grand is often used in the names of buildings such as hotels, especially when they are very large.  
ADJ n  
They stayed at The Grand Hotel, Budapest.     
8       n-count   A grand is a thousand dollars or a thousand pounds.  
INFORMAL   usu a/num N  
They're paying you ten grand now for those adaptations of old plays.     

grand jury        ( grand juries    plural  ) A grand jury is a jury, usually in the United States, which considers a criminal case in order to decide if someone should be tried in a court of law.      n-count  
They have already given evidence before a grand jury in Washington.     
grand piano        ( grand pianos    plural  ) A grand piano is a large piano whose strings are set horizontally to the ground. Grand pianos are used especially for giving concerts and making recordings.      n-count  
Grand Prix     ( Grands Prix    plural)   ( Grand Prix    plural  ) A Grand Prix is one of a series of races for very powerful racing cars; also used sometimes in the names of competitions in other sports.      n-count   usu with supp  
He never won the British Grand Prix.     
Grand Slam        ( Grand Slams    plural  )
1       adj   In sport, a Grand Slam tournament is a major one.  
ADJ n  
...her 39 Grand Slam titles.     
      Grand Slam is also a noun., n-count  
It's my first Grand Slam and I was hoping to make a good impression.     
2       n-count   If someone wins a Grand Slam, they win all the major tournaments in a season in a particular sport, for example in rugby or tennis.  
They won the Grand Slam in 1990.     
Grand Tour        ( Grand Tours    plural  ) , grand tour   TheGrand Tour was a journey round the main cities of Europe that young men from rich families used to make as part of their education.      n-count  

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1    ambitious, august, dignified, elevated, eminent, exalted, fine, glorious, gorgeous, grandiose, great, haughty, illustrious, imposing, impressive, large, lofty, lordly, luxurious, magnificent, majestic, monumental, noble, opulent, ostentatious, palatial, pompous, pretentious, princely, regal, splendid, splendiferous     (facetious)   stately, striking, sublime, sumptuous, superb  
2    admirable, awesome     (slang)   divine, excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, great     (informal)   hunky-dory     (informal)   marvellous     (informal)   outstanding, smashing     (informal)   splendid, splendiferous     (facetious)   super     (informal)   superb, terrific     (informal)   very good, wonderful, world-class  
3    big-time     (informal)   chief, head, highest, lead, leading, main, major league     (informal)   pre-eminent, principal, supreme  
1    undignified, unimportant, unimposing, worthless  
2    awful, bad, base, terrible  
3    chickenshit     (U.S. slang)   common, contemptible, crappy     (slang)   inferior, insignificant, little, mean, petty, poor, poxy     (slang)   secondary, small, trivial  

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