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A really “grand” British English word


“Grand” has a couple of important uses in modern British English:


Its original meaning is something like “majestic” and “impressive”. For example, a grand mansion or a grand piano.


“Grand” means “great”

One way the British often use it now is as a positive adjective which is a synonym for “good” and “great”, but we normally use it as part of a comment or exclamation, as below:

“I’ve reserved us a table for dinner at 8 tonight.”

Grand, thanks.”

“Here’s your order, Sir.”

“That’s grand, cheers.”


“A grand” equals £1000

“Grand” is also used as slang in the context of describing amounts of money:

“A grand” or “one grand” equals £1,000.

“Two grand” equals £2,000.

“100 grand” equals £100,000.

Please be sure that if you use “grand” in this context, you do not add “s” at the end because “grand” does not take it in the plural, like the examples above and below show.

“This car will cost you 30 grand.”

“30 grand! Forget it.” (Means “No”.)

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