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 … 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)