PRONUNCIATION: (gran-DEZ-uh, -DET-suh)

MEANING: noun: Grandeur, greatness, magnificence, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Italian grandezza and Spanish grandeza, from Italian and Spanish grande (grand). Earliest documented use: 1629.

GRAND EZRA - my Grampa, who founded Cornell University

GRADE ZZA - a relatively poor review (unless you're Papa Gino)

GARANDEZZA - the granddaddy of all thumb bruises, inflicted by careless handling of the (recoilling) bolt of a rifle