As an adjective great describes things that are very good, large, or important — like a great movie, a great forest, or a great battle that changed the course of a war.

Great can also be a noun: a person who is a legend in his or her field, like Aretha Franklin, a soul great, or Wayne Gretzky — a hockey great who became known as "the Great One." Only a few people qualify for the distinction of being a great — it takes a remarkable talent that continues to awe people long after the person's heyday.

Definitions of great
  1. noun
    a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field
    “he is one of the greats of American music”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    achiever, succeeder, success, winner
    a person with a record of successes
  2. adjective
    relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind
    “a great juicy steak”
    “a great multitude”
    “the great auk”
    “a great old oak”
    “a great ocean liner”
    “a great delay”
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  3. adjective
    of major significance or importance
    “a great work of art”
    synonyms: outstanding
    important, of import
    of great significance or value
  4. adjective
    remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect
    “a great crisis”
    “had a great stake in the outcome”
    beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
  5. adjective
    very good
    “had a great time at the party”
    synonyms: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell
    having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
  6. adjective
    great A”
    synonyms: capital, majuscule
    relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case
  7. adjective
    in an advanced stage of pregnancy
    “was great with child”
    synonyms: big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, heavy, large, with child
    carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week