Grandiose meaning

grăndē-ōs, grăndē-ōs
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.

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Characterized by greatness of scope or intent; grand.

A grandiose plan to develop the city's waterfront.

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Seeming or trying to seem very important; pompous and showy.
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Characterized by excessive self-importance or affected grandeur; pompous.
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Having grandeur or magnificence; imposing; impressive.
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Origin of grandiose

  • French from Italian grandioso from grande great from Latin grandis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French grandiose, from Italian grandioso, from Latin grandis (“great, grand”) (English grand).

    From Wiktionary