Definition of grandiose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrandɪəʊs/


1Extravagantly or pretentiously imposing in appearance or style: the court’s grandiose facade
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  • Though the facade was listed and couldn't be altered, the inside had not been decorated in the grandiose style of some of its neighbours.
  • They built extravagant houses, opened grandiose museums and spent not just one, but several, fortunes on art.
  • As the claimant to China's political and cultural heritage, they have built in a grandiose classical style.
magnificent, impressive, grand, imposing, awe-inspiring, splendid, resplendent, superb, striking, monumental, majestic, glorious, elaborate;
palatial, stately, large;
luxurious, lavish, opulent
informal plush, classy, swanky, flashy, flash
1.1Conceived on a very grand or ambitious scale: grandiose plans to reform the world
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  • If nothing else, this current council has shown that it is incapable of spending public money wisely once it's swept up in a grandiose plan.
  • On the one hand we are told about grandiose plans for city status, an arena, a redeveloped theatre complex, a new cultural quarter and links to the Tube.
  • We are well aware of the grandiose plans that are conjured, supported and implemented by politicians on entering office.
ambitious, bold, epic, big;
overambitious, ostentatious, showy, extravagant, high-flown, high-sounding, flamboyant
informal over the top, OTT



Example sentences
  • It was even described, rather grandiosely, as a new’ Singapore of the south ’, by the governor of the day.
  • It is a body of journalists which is attempting - rather grandiosely some might think - to be a player in the region.
  • On an unexpected impulse he stopped at the closet he grandiosely called his ‘computer room’ and logged onto his E-mail account.’


Pronunciation: /ɡrandɪˈɒsɪti/
Example sentences
  • The success, if it is painted on the life of a person who has not gone through a struggle, there is an attitude of grandiosity and superiority that taints success.
  • ‘I don't have any feelings of grandiosity,’ he says.
  • Although he's among the most successful and best-regarded action-figure sculptors in the world, Kiwus isn't given to flights of grandiosity about his work.


Mid 19th century: from French, from Italian grandioso, from grande 'grand'.

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