grandiose[gran′dē ōs′, gran′dē ōs′; also, -ōz′]
- The definition of grandiose is something that is grand or magnificent or something that is trying to be impressive but is much too large, making it seem pretentious or overdone.
An example of something that would be described as grandiose is an excessively large mansion decorated in an overdone way just to impress the neighbors.
- having grandeur or magnificence; imposing; impressive
- seeming or trying to seem very important; pompous and showy
Origin of grandioseFrench ; from Italian grandioso ; from Classical Latin grandis, great, grand
- Characterized by greatness of scope or intent; grand: a grandiose plan to develop the city's waterfront.
- Characterized by excessive self-importance or affected grandeur; pompous: “It's important &ellipsis; for judges not to be rattled by political attacks into grandiose assertions of judicial supremacy” (Jeffrey Rosen).
Origin of grandioseFrench, from Italian grandioso, from grande, great, from Latin grandis.
(comparative more grandiose, superlative most grandiose)