Meaning of LARGE in English


I. ˈlärj, ˈlȧj adjective

( -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin largus abundant, generous — more at lard

1. obsolete : liberal in giving or expending : generous , prodigal , lavish

2. obsolete

a. : ample in quantity : abundant

b. : ample in extent : roomy , capacious

c. : ample in breadth : broad , wide

d. of a measure or period : completely fulfilled : being as great as or greater than called for

3. : having more than usual power, capacity, range, or scope : comprehensive

large liberty

a large treatment of a subject

a large sympathy

having a large discretion in settling such subjects

taking the large view


a. : exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units : of considerable magnitude : big — opposed to small

a large horse

a large expenditure

— usually replaced by great in qualifying linear dimensions

a large mountain of great height

b. : dealing in great numbers or quantities : extensive in scope

a large importer

problems of large businesses


(1) : great 1c

(2) of a taxon : including more than an average number of kinds of plants or animals

a large family represented by over 200 species in No. America alone


a. obsolete , of language or expression : marked by or tending toward vulgarity : coarse , gross , improper

b. obsolete : easy and unrestrained in conduct : lax , uninhibited

c. archaic : involving few restrictions : permitting considerable liberty (as of action or conscience)

6. archaic

a. of an utterance : full and lengthy : copious in words : prolix

b. of a person : tending to be frequent, lengthy, or diffuse in writing or speech : given to prolixity

7. of a wind : blowing from a desirable direction with respect to a ship's course : favorable

8. : pompous , extravagant , boastful

large talk

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from large, adjective

1. obsolete : amply , fully , liberally , freely


a. : with the wind abaft the beam

a ship sailing large

b. : at a distance : wide of something (as a course, the shore, a mark)

3. : pompously , extravagantly , boastfully

talks large but works not at all

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from large, adjective

1. obsolete : liberality , generosity , bounty

2. : liberty , freedom — now used only in the phrase at large

3. : a size of paperboard 24 inches by 19 inches

4. : the longest note in mensural notation, equal to two longs in imperfect time or three in perfect time — called also double long, maxim

- at large

- at-large

- in large

IV. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: large (I)

of a wind : to shift so as to blow abaft the beam

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.