Definition of Grand Prix in US English:

Grand Prix

nounPlural Grands Prix

  • 1Any of a series of auto-racing or motorcycling contests forming part of a world championship series, held in various countries under international rules.

    • ‘If you test prior to a Grand Prix and you truly believe that you have an even chance of the development working on the car, you would manufacture in sufficient quantities to be able to immediately introduce it to that race.’
    • ‘Without a doubt, it would be one of the best possible races to win a Grand Prix.’
    • ‘He is also the first American driver to get into a F1 car during a Grand Prix weekend since 1993.’
    • ‘It was really good to test on a Grand Prix circuit and to finish off our winter programme.’
    • ‘The mechanics did a superb job in repairing the car overnight, allowing Pedro to continue the next day and achieving almost a Grand Prix distance with the car.’
    • ‘We had signals during testing prior to the race that this Grand Prix could be a good one, but to be in contention for the win during the race was very nice indeed!’
    • ‘This year's race will be the 36th Canadian Grand Prix and the 26th time Montreal has staged the event.’
    • ‘Jarno is the only man other than Michael Schumacher to have won a Grand Prix this season.’
    • ‘Each year Mobil intends to send two of its outstanding team members for a Grand Prix abroad.’
    • ‘The Renault driver, Alonso, became the youngest ever driver to take pole position for a Grand Prix.’
    • ‘In general, the cars performed better in this Grand Prix, so the latest car developments have demonstrably improved our performance.’
    • ‘Three European Grands Prix have also been staged in England, at Brands Hatch in 1983 and 1985, and at Donington Park in 1993.’
    • ‘Earlier in 2001, in Brazil, the Schumachers also made history by becoming the first pair of brothers to qualify on the front row for a Grand Prix.’
    • ‘Being part of the Young Driver Programme has been a great opportunity to get behind the scenes in Formula One and understand exactly what it takes to be a Grand Prix driver, because there's no other formula quite like it.’
    • ‘Apparently, the US corporate media's only interest in Bahrain is the preparations for a Grand Prix motor race to be held there on April 3.’
    • ‘It was superb meeting a Grand Prix winner like Fernando and I enjoyed being allowed inside the pit garages with the team at work.’
    • ‘Yesterday, for the second time in a week, I found myself crammed behind rows of spectators just off Regent Street straining for the occasional view of a Grand Prix racing car.’
    • ‘The rules permit teams that finished fifth or lower in the previous year's Constructors Championship to run a third car and driver in the two Friday practice sessions of a Grand Prix.’
    • ‘It's quite some thought to imagine a Grand Prix taking place round the streets of London.’
    • ‘The use of a chicane is a well-established method of reducing speed during a Grand Prix, familiar to drivers.’
    1. 1.1 An international horse race for three-year-olds, founded in 1863 and run annually in June at Longchamps, Paris.
    2. 1.2 An important sporting event in which participants compete for a major prize.
      • ‘I have never started a Grand Prix season so well.’
      • ‘Every nation sees how a region within a country can benefit economically from staging a major event such as a Grand Prix that is televised in 202 countries, that flashes them on to the screens of the world to 360 million people.’
      • ‘I know mistakes happen but not like this in a Grand Prix semi-final.’
      • ‘Competing in a Grand Prix event in Athens, the Caribbean sprinter clocked 9.77 seconds, to break the existing record of 9.78 set by American Tim Montgomery.’
      • ‘Now their goals are to get a Grand Prix assignment and to compete at the senior level for Canada one day.’
      • ‘Following some impressive early season performances in Mexico and Germany, Gillian's form slumped quite dramatically and she withdrew from a Grand Prix event in La Coruna after receiving two red cards.’
      • ‘In the Olympics the first round is a Grand Prix test, which also doubles as the team competition.’
      • ‘Stuttgart would be the first appearance in a Grand Prix, or World Cup series, event for both Vise and Memmel.’
      • ‘They are both scheduled to participate in the Berlin World Cup, a Grand Prix event taking place today and tomorrow.’
      • ‘Afterwards we find that the system will be used next season not in a test, but as the actual scoring system from some Grand Prix events.’
      • ‘Realistically, I've got to win the B final to go straight through and that's better than I've done so far in a Grand Prix.’
      • ‘The Olympic silver medallist competed at a Grand Prix meeting in Zagreb last night and successfully came through his two races.’
      • ‘The Swiss Cup, in recent years a Grand Prix tournament for event finals only, reverted to its previous format of mixed-pairs competition.’
      • ‘No, I never won a Grand Prix and I didn't win the world championship.’
      • ‘Surely this country could try and get a Grand Prix Athletics meeting?’
      • ‘But this is why I think people expect more - the word ‘Olympian’ has some moral connotations as opposed to just someone who's won a Grand Prix in another event.’


Mid 19th century: French, literally ‘great or chief prize’.