Definition of grand slam in US English:

grand slam


  • 1Baseball
    A home run hit when each of the three bases is occupied by a runner, thus scoring four runs.

    ‘he hits a grand slam to win the game’
    • ‘Through the 2004 season, Jeter has never hit a grand slam in the major leagues, although he has connected for a total of 149 career home runs.’
    • ‘During his distinguished career with the Yankees, Lou Gehrig hit 23 grand slams, most in major league history.’
    • ‘His debut grand slam is even more impressive when you consider that he was only the second major leaguer to hit a grand slam in his first at bat.’
    • ‘Through the 2004 season, there have been 182 inside-the-park grand slams hit in major league history by 163 different players.’
    • ‘He belted four grand slams during the 1968 regular season.’
  • 2trademark A set of major championships or matches in a sport in the same year, in particular tennis, golf, or rugby union.

    ‘the tennis Grand Slam consists of the four most difficult major tournaments on the international circuit’
    • ‘Among the triumphs was the 1978 Grand Slam tour of Britain, in which he captained the first New Zealand team to beat the four home unions.’
    • ‘That gives her a great chance of at least matching her best Grand Slam performance to date, a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon in 1997.’
    • ‘Naturally when you start winning matches in a Grand Slam, it is bound to have a snowballing effect in terms of gaining confidence.’
    • ‘He's going for the third leg of the Grand Slam.’
    • ‘Going into the French Open, he had never won a match at a Grand Slam event.’
    • ‘She's 46-0 in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.’
    • ‘The major tournaments that now make up the grand slam have changed.’
    1. 2.1 Any of the individual championships that comprise a Grand Slam.
      ‘the season's final Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows’
      • ‘It's hard to say how many times we are going to play each other here, let alone in a grand slam final.’
      • ‘She is loving every minute of being back on court and she cannot get enough of the buzz of being at a grand slam.’
      • ‘Federer, the top-ranked player in the world, won three of the four grand slams on offer in 2004 but the French Open was not one of them.’
      • ‘My goal at the start of the season was to try and play in as many of the grand slams as I could, and I'm really excited about Wimbledon.’
      • ‘In the season's third major, the most venerable of golf's grand slam events, the game's major players are giving chase.’
      • ‘Pierce stormed into her first grand slam final in five years by crushing Russia's Elena Likhovtseva in straight sets at the French Open.’
      • ‘He responded by winning three of the year's four grand slam events.’
      • ‘The quality of the contest was as good as anything seen at the grand slams this season.’
      • ‘Wimbledon fourth seed David Nalbandian has withdrawn from this week's grass court grand slam with an abdominal injury.’
      • ‘Tiger Woods did not win a major in 2003, and golf was energised, for the first time since 1969 all four grand slams were won by different men.’
    2. 2.2 The winning of all the individual championships that comprise a Grand Slam.
      ‘the Springboks' dreams of a first Grand Slam since 1961 were ended by defeats against Ireland and England’
      • ‘It would be great to be European champions in a World Cup year but a grand slam is a grand slam.’
      • ‘At the end of last year England blew their latest grand slam in the long-delayed match against Ireland.’
      • ‘In 1953, Connolly became the first woman to achieve the grand slam, when she captured the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US singles titles.’
      • ‘Woods appeared destined to become the greatest golfer of all time after winning the grand slam of majors in 2000 and being the number one for over four years.’
      • ‘Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Margaret Court Smith in 1970 achieved grand slams among the women.’
      • ‘The film depicts a sensitive Jones as he swings to victory in golf's major tournaments - the coveted grand slam - in the magical year of 1930.’
      • ‘Until the reign of Johnson, he was England's most successful postwar captain as England won three grand slams under his leadership.’
      decisive victory, runaway victory, overwhelming majority, triumph, walkover, game, set, and match
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  • 3Bridge
    The bidding and winning of all thirteen tricks.

    • ‘A contract to make all 13 tricks is called a grand slam.’


Early 19th century (as a term in cards, especially bridge): from slam (sense 4 of the noun).


grand slam

/ˌɡræn(d) ˈslæm//ˌɡran(d) ˈslam/