- 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 (“abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much”). Displaced Middle English stoor, stour (“large, great”) (from Old English stōr) and muchel (“large, great”) (from Old English myċel).