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Meaning of large by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English large, from Old French large, from Latin larga, feminine of largus ( “abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much” ). Displaced Middle English stoor, stour ( “large, great” ) ( from Old English stōr ) and muchel ( “large, great” ) ( from Old English myċel ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /lɑːdʒ/, X-SAMPA: /lA:dZ/
    • ( US ) IPA: /lɑɹdʒ/, X-SAMPA: /lAr\dZ/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( ɹ )dʒ


    large ( comparative larger, superlative largest )

    1. Of considerable or relatively great size or extent .
      Russia is a large country .
      The fruit-fly has large eyes for its body size .
      He has a large collection of stamps .


    • big, huge, giant, gigantic, enormous, stour, great, mickle, largeish
    • See also Wikisaurus:large


    External links

    • large in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • large in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


    large ( plural: larges )

    1. ( music, obsolete ) An old musical note, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves .



Explanation of large by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in a boastful manner

    2. with the wind abaft the beam

    3. a ship sailing large
    4. at a distance, wide of something ( as of a mark )

    1. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    2. having broad power and range and scope

    3. taking the large view
      a large effect
      a large sympathy
    4. conspicuous in position or importance

    5. he's very large in financial circles
    6. generous and understanding and tolerant

    7. a large and generous spirit
      a large heart
    8. above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

    9. a large city; large areas of the world
      a large sum
      a big ( or large ) barn
      a large family
      a large number of newspapers
    10. ostentatiously lofty in style

    11. a man given to large talk
    12. fairly large or important in effect

    13. played a large role in the negotiations
    1. a garment size for a large person

    Definition of large by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Large ( lärj ), a. [Compar. Larger ( lärjẽr ); superl. Largest.] [F., fr. L. largus. Cf. Largo.]
      1. Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; -- opposed to small; as, “a large horse; a large house or room; a large lake or pool; a large jug or spoon; a large vineyard; a large army; a large city.”

      ☞ For linear dimensions, and mere extent, great, and not large, is used as a qualifying word; as, great length, breadth, depth; a great distance; a great height.

      2. Abundant; ample; as, “a large supply of provisions”.

      We have yet large day. Milton.

      3. Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.

      I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education. Felton.

      4. Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said of the mind and heart.

      5. Free; unembarrassed. [Obs.]

      Of burdens all he set the Paynims large. Fairfax.

      6. Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language. [Obs.] “Some large jests he will make.” Shak.

      7. Prodigal in expending; lavish. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      8. ( Naut. ) Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; -- said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.

      At large. Without restraint or confinement; as, “to go at large; to be left at large”. Diffusely; fully; in the full extent; as, “to discourse on a subject at large”. -- Common at large. See under Common, n. -- Electors at large, Representative at large, electors, or a representative, as in Congress, chosen to represent the whole of a State, in distinction from those chosen to represent particular districts in a State. [U. S.] -- To give large, To go large, To run large, or To sail large ( Naut. ), to have the wind crossing the direction of a vessel's course in such a way that the sails feel its full force, and the vessel gains its highest speed. See Large, a., 8.

      Syn. -- Big; bulky; huge; capacious; comprehensive; ample; abundant; plentiful; populous; copious; diffusive; liberal.

    2. Large, adv. Freely; licentiously. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    3. Large, n. ( Mus. ) A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.