- 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.
- 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 of largeOld 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
- free; not confined; not in jail
- fully; in complete detail
- in general; taken altogether
- ☆ 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
- 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 of largeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin largus, generous.
(comparative larger, superlative largest)
- Of considerable or relatively great size or extent.
- Russia is a large country. The fruit-fly has large eyes for its body size. He has a large collection of stamps.
- (archaic) Full in statement; diffuse; profuse.
- (nautical) Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.
- (slang, plural: large) A thousand dollars.
- Getting a car tricked out like that will cost you 50 large.
From Middle English large, from Old French large, from Latin larga, feminine of largus (â€œabundant, plentiful, copious, large, muchâ€). Displaced Middle English stoor, stour (â€œlarge, greatâ€) (from Old English stÅr) and muchel (â€œlarge, greatâ€) (from Old English myÄ‹el).