Definition of grandeur in English:



mass noun
  • 1Splendour and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style.

    ‘the majestic grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture’
    • ‘If it is style, elegance and grandeur you are after then this five-bed detached property may be the home for you.’
    • ‘Cuba and her people have a vibrant and passionate past and one that echoes around the fading grandeur of her elegant architecture.’
    • ‘Flags waved and the rain held as thousands of people enjoyed the concert and fireworks in front of the lake and grandeur of Bowood House.’
    • ‘The decor has no pretensions to grandeur: the restaurant, for example, is no more than a glorified country pub.’
    • ‘Many mosques are there and they give an impression of the grandeur of architecture.’
    • ‘Three million acres of pristine unspoiled natural grandeur means that one soon runs out of superlatives.’
    • ‘The hotel is just a stone's throw from the Union Buildings which can be seen in their majestic grandeur from most rooms.’
    • ‘The fading grandeur of its shops and its Victorian public buildings stands testimony to a golden past but a very uncertain future.’
    • ‘Amid the austere grandeur of Highclere Castle, it was an unprecedented spectacle.’
    • ‘As a schoolboy he had regularly passed the terrace and admired the houses' style and rundown grandeur.’
    • ‘Louis XIV's obsession with grandeur expanded to other aspects of life, including art.’
    • ‘It was evident that the period grandeur of the Museum buildings greatly impressed the youngsters.’
    • ‘The developers are determined to keep the picturesque grounds intact and the hospital's grandeur appearance.’
    • ‘Cameras lay forgotten for in many cases, nothing could capture the sheer grandeur and depth of the landscape.’
    • ‘All the four bronzes are of impressive size and grandeur.’
    • ‘I was still rather impressed by the grandeur and scale of Lambdeth Central.’
    • ‘He was impressed by its grandeur and the hospitality of the temple authorities.’
    • ‘There's no doubting that the might and grandeur of big mountains can make you feel very humble.’
    • ‘He had travelled frequently in southern England but he had never before seen scenery of rugged grandeur.’
    • ‘The hall of the house is impressive with two marble pillars giving an instant impression of grandeur.’
    splendour, magnificence, impressiveness, glory, gloriousness, resplendence, splendidness, superbness, majesty, greatness
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    1. 1.1 High rank or social importance.
      ‘his facade of grandeur’
      • ‘The West Indian islands became the hub of the British Empire, of immense importance to the grandeur and prosperity of England.’
      • ‘What makes his work memorable is this ability to observe people as they exhibited all their grandeur and flaws.’
      • ‘It has all the pomp and grandeur of a Roman general marching into war with his troops.’
      • ‘And he really enjoyed the glory and grandeur, you know, of being treated like a head of state.’


Late 16th century (denoting tall stature): from French, from grand ‘great, grand’ (see grand).