- The definition of large is greater than average in size or amount, or important or significant.
- An example of large is the phrase a "large person," which means a person who is overweight.
- An example of large is the phrase a "large role in a project," which means a person who has an important part in the project.
This man has a large belly.
large definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic liberal; generous
- big; great; specif.,
- taking up much space; bulky
- enclosing much space; spacious: a large office
- of great extent or amount: a large sum
- big as compared with others of its kind; of more than usual or average size, extent, or amount
- comprehensive; far-reaching: to have large views on a subject
- pompous or exaggerated: large talk
- operating on a big scale: a large manufacturer
- Naut. favorable; specif., quartering: said of a wind
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin largus: see lard
- in a large way; so as to be large: to write large
- Naut. with a favoring wind, specif. one on the quarter
- largeness noun
large definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective larg·er, larg·est
- Of greater than average size, extent, quantity, or amount; big.
- Of greater than average scope, breadth, or capacity; comprehensive.
- Important; significant: had a large role in the negotiations; a large producer of paper goods.
- a. Understanding and tolerant; liberal: a large and generous spirit.b. Of great magnitude or intensity; grand: “a rigid resistance to the large emotions” (Stephen Koch).
- a. Pretentious; boastful. Used of speech or manners.b. Obsolete Gross; coarse. Used of speech or language.
- Nautical Favorable. Used of a wind.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin largus, generous.
- largeˈness noun
large - Phrases/Idioms
- free; not confined; not in jail
- fully; in complete detail
- in general; taken altogether
- â representing an entire state or other district rather than only one of its subdivisions a congressman at large
- covering any area or many areas; not covering any specific area a critic at large
- Not in confinement or captivity; at liberty: a convict still at large.
- As a whole; in general: the country at large.
- Representing a nation, state, or district as a whole. Often used in combination: councilor-at-large.
- Not assigned to a particular country. Often used in combination: ambassador-at-large.
- At length; copiously.