Definition of Grand Canal in US English:

Grand Canal

proper noun

  • 1A series of waterways in eastern China that extend south from Beijing to Hangzhou, a distance of 1,060 miles (1,700 km). Built in stages between 486 BC and AD 1327, its original purpose was to transport rice from the river valleys to the cities.

  • 2The main waterway of Venice, Italy. It is lined on each side by palaces and spanned by the Rialto Bridge.