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grandeur Line breaks: gran|deur
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrandjə/

Definition of grandeur in English:


[mass noun]
1Splendour and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style: the majestic grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture
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  • All the four bronzes are of impressive size and grandeur.
  • He was impressed by its grandeur and the hospitality of the temple authorities.
  • The hall of the house is impressive with two marble pillars giving an instant impression of grandeur.
1.1High rank or social importance: his facade of grandeur
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  • The West Indian islands became the hub of the British Empire, of immense importance to the grandeur and prosperity of England.
  • It has all the pomp and grandeur of a Roman general marching into war with his troops.
  • And he really enjoyed the glory and grandeur, you know, of being treated like a head of state.


Late 16th century (denoting tall stature): from French, from grand 'great, grand' (see grand).

Words that rhyme with grandeur

ganja, phalanger

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