One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Magnificent or stately appearance; grandeur.
spectacle, display, ceremony, ceremoniousness, magnificence, pomp, glory, splendour, grandeur, glamour, flourish, glitter, theatricality, drama, show, showinessView synonyms
- ‘in the 1590s he produced a comprehensive analysis of the grandezza of the Roman empire.’
- ‘Society went on excellently well without houses, or carriages, or jewels, or toilettes, or pavements, or shops, or grandezza of any sort.’
- ‘Despite its grandezza, it is not it is not interesting in terms of caves or mines.’
- ‘It is truly remarkable to observe the grandezza which Athens attained in the space of a hundred years.’
- ‘If he be there at the arrival of the Plate-Fleet, he shall see such a Grandezza, that the Roman Monarchy in her highest florish never had the like.’
Early 17th century: Italian, from grande ‘grand’.
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