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From French grandiose, from Italian grandioso, from Latin grandis (“great, grand”) (English grand). Possibly from grand + -ose, though to be debated. Doublet of grandioso.
grandiose (comparative more grandiose, superlative most grandiose)
- Large and impressive, in size, scope or extent.
- 2019 March 6, Nalini Mohabir, “Renaming the Cook Islands would be a vital step towards true independence”, in The Guardian:
- Independence does not need to be a grandiose process of disconnection and severing ties.
- Pompous or pretentious.
- 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques: Didcot (1932)”, in RAIL, number 947, page 60:
- There is a station here, of course, opened as Didcot in June 1844 and renamed as the more grandiose-sounding Didcot Parkway in July 1985.
large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
pompous or pretentious
- grandiose in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- grandiose in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- grandiose at OneLook Dictionary Search
Borrowed from Italian grandioso.
grandiose (plural grandioses)
- “grandiose”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- inflection of grandios:
grandiose f pl
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