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What is a grand?

Elena Melnichenko
Elena Melnichenko
February 19, 2015
What is a grand?

Currently, the word "Grand" is used quite often. For example, in the names of institutions: Grand Hotel, Grand Opera. But what is really grand? Initially, grandees were called the highest layers of society in medieval Spain: the clergy, the nobility. In Brazil and Portugal, there was also such a word, just read a little differently Grandeza.

Additional values

At present, the grand is a noble title that a person can receive by inheritance or for certain services to the state. For example, "The Spanish Grand paid a decent amount for this horse."

In addition, the grand - it can be a person who has achieved high performance in a particular area. It can also be a community, firm or organization. For example, "Our director is a grandee of advertising."

Some people by this word understand the size of the record. More grandees in this case can be a giant: "I have two grandees."

If we talk about the word "grand" as an integral part of a compound word, then it is used in place names:

  • Grand River - a river in Canada and the United States;
  • Grand - the names of the counties in the US (Colorado and Utah).

Grand grant

You should not confuse the word “grand”, which means “big, majestic, grand”, with the word “grant”, that is, free subsidies of enterprises or private individuals to conduct scientific research or testing.


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