Meaning of GREAT in English


I. ˈgrāt, Southern also ˈgre(ə)t adjective

Etymology: Middle English grete, from Old English grēat; akin to Old High German grōz large

Date: before 12th century


a. : notably large in size : huge

b. : of a kind characterized by relative largeness — used in plant and animal names

c. : elaborate , ample

great detail


a. : large in number or measure : numerous

great multitudes

b. : predominant

the great majority

3. : remarkable in magnitude, degree, or effectiveness

great bloodshed

4. : full of emotion

great with anger


a. : eminent , distinguished

a great poet

b. : chief or preeminent over others — often used in titles

Lord Great Chamberlain

c. : aristocratic , grand

great ladies

6. : long continued

a great while

7. : principal , main

a reception in the great hall

8. : more remote in a family relationship by a single generation than a specified relative

great -grandfather

9. : markedly superior in character or quality ; especially : noble

great of soul


a. : remarkably skilled

great at tennis

b. : marked by enthusiasm : keen

great on science fiction

11. — used as a generalized term of approval

had a great time

it was just great

• great·ness noun

II. adverb

Date: 13th century

: in a great manner : successfully , well

things are going great

III. noun

( plural great or greats )

Date: 13th century

: an outstandingly superior or skillful person

a tribute to the great s of baseball

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.