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

n a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field

“he is one of the greats of American music”
Type of:
achiever, succeeder, success, winner
a person with a record of successes

adj 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

adj of major significance or importance

“a great work of art”
important, of import
of great significance or value

adj 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

adj very good

“had a great time at the party”
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

adj uppercase

great A”
capital, majuscule
relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case

adj in an advanced stage of pregnancy

“was great with child”
big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, heavy, large, with child
carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life

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