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great British & World English

Of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above average

great English Thesaurus

academics waited with great interest for the book

cormorant British & World English

A rather large diving bird with a long neck, long hooked bill, short legs, and mainly dark plumage. It typically breeds on coastal cliffs

greater in great British & World English

Used in names of animals or plants which are larger than similar kinds, e.g. great tit, greater celandine

Great in great British & World English

Denoting the larger or largest part of a place

mullein British & World English

A herbaceous Eurasian plant with woolly leaves and tall spikes of yellow flowers

make play of British & World English

Draw attention to in an ostentatious manner, typically to gain prestige or advantage

the unwashed British & World English

The mass or multitude of ordinary people

great ape British & World English

A large ape of a family closely related to humans, including the gorilla, orangutan, and chimpanzees, but excluding the gibbons; an anthropoid ape

great auk British & World English

A large extinct flightless auk (seabird) of the North Atlantic, resembling a giant razorbill. The great auk was the original ‘penguin’; many were taken for food, and the last individuals were killed on an islet off Iceland in 1844

great tit British & World English

A tit (songbird) with a black head and white cheeks, occurring in many different races from western Europe to eastern Asia

Great War British & World English

Another name for First World War.

Great Wen British & World English

An archaic nickname for London

great-aunt British & World English

An aunt of one’s father or mother

Great Basin British & World English

An arid region of the western US between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains, including most of Nevada and parts of the adjacent states

Great Bear British & World English

The constellation Ursa Major

Great Bible British & World English

The edition of the English Bible which Thomas Cromwell ordered to be set up in every parish church. It was the work of Miles Coverdale, and was first issued in 1539

Great Dane British & World English

A dog of a very large, powerful, short-haired breed

great egret British & World English

A large white heron of North and South America. Its yellow bill turns orange when breeding

Great Falls British & World English

An industrial city in north central Montana, on the Missouri River; population 59,251 (est. 2008)

Great Fire British & World English

Another name for Fire of London.

Great Glen British & World English

A large fault valley in Scotland, extending from the Moray Firth south-west for 96 km (approx. 60 miles) to Loch Linnhe, and containing Loch Ness. Also called Glen More

Great Lakes British & World English

A group of five large interconnected lakes in central North America, consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, and constituting the largest area of fresh water in the world. Lake Michigan is wholly within the US, and the others lie on the Canada-US border. Connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the St Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes form an important commercial waterway

Great Land British & World English

Informal name for Alaska.

great-niece British & World English

A daughter of one’s nephew or niece

great organ British & World English

The chief keyboard in a large organ and its related pipes and mechanism

Great Ouse British & World English

Another name for Ouse111.

Great Power British & World English

A nation or country that has considerable international influence and military strength

great room British & World English

A large room in a modern house that combines features of a living room with those of a dining room or family room

Great Seal British & World English

A seal used for the authentication of state documents of the highest importance. That of the UK is held by the Lord Chancellor and that of the US by the Secretary of State

great skua British & World English

A large North Atlantic skua with mainly brown plumage, feeding by robbing other seabirds

Great Trek British & World English

The northward migration 1835-7 of large numbers of Boers discontented with British rule in the Cape, to the areas where they eventually founded the Transvaal Republic and Orange Free State

great-uncle British & World English

An uncle of one’s mother or father

Great Lakes New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, on the Canada–US border

Great Scott! British & World English

Expressing surprise or amazement

Great Britain British & World English

England, Wales, and Scotland considered as a unit. The name is also often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

Great Charter British & World English

Another name for Magna Carta.

great circle British & World English

A circle on the surface of a sphere which lies in a plane passing through the sphere’s centre. As it represents the shortest distance between any two points on a sphere, a great circle of the earth is the preferred route taken by a ship or aircraft

great divide British & World English

A boundary between two contrasting groups, cultures, etc. that is regarded as very difficult to ignore or overcome

Great Divide British & World English

Another name for Continental Divide or Great Dividing Range.

Great Grimsby British & World English

Official name for Grimsby.

great-hearted British & World English

Having a noble, generous, and courageous spirit

Great Mother British & World English

Another name for mother goddess.

Great Nebula British & World English

The Andromeda Galaxy


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