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This page has 25 definitions of large with English translations in 5 languages. Large is an adjective, noun and adverb. Examples of how to use large in a sentence are shown. Also define these 32 related words and terms: considerable, relatively, great, size, extent, nautical, abeam, music, musical, note, longa, breve, semibreve, liberality, generosity, dollar, pound, wide, broad, large, generous, open sea, width, munificently, generously, liberally, abundantly, copiously, largus, deep sea, plieine mé, and big.

See also: larĝe and Large

English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Adjective

large (comparative larger, superlative largest)

  1. Of considerable or relatively great size or extent.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.
    Russia is a large country.   The fruit-fly has large eyes for its body size.   He has a large collection of stamps.
  2. (obsolete) Abundant; ample.
  3. (archaic) Full in statement; diffuse; profuse.
    • 1711, Henry Felton, Dissertation on Reading the Classics
      I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education.
  4. (obsolete) Free; unencumbered.
  5. (obsolete) Unrestrained by decorum; said of language.
  6. (nautical) 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.

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Translations

Noun

large (countable and uncountable, plural larges)

  1. (music, obsolete) An old musical note, equal to two longas, four breves, or eight semibreves.
    • Note definition
      A symbol or annotation.
      1. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
      2. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
      3. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
      (1 of 23 note definitions)
    • Longa definition
      Belonging to; of, in, at, to.
  2. (obsolete) Liberality, generosity.
  3. (slang, plural: large) A thousand dollars/pounds.
    Getting a car tricked out like that will cost you 50 large.
    • 1991, Stephen King, Needful Things:
      "We'll call you anything we want," Dave said. "You owe us eighty-five large, Ace, and what we've got for collateral on that money so far is a shitload of Arm & Hammer baking soda worth about a buck-fifty. We'll call you Hubert J. Motherfucker if we want to."
    • Pound definition
      A unit of mass equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces (= 453.592 37 g). Today this value is the most common meaning of "pound" as a unit of weight. (1 of 7 pound definitions)
  4. A large serving of something.
    One small coffee and two larges, please.

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Adverb

large

  1. (nautical) Before the wind.

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French

Etymology

From Old French large, from Latin largus, larga, largum (abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much). The feminine is inherited, but for the masculine, Latin largum (the masculine and neuter accusative) developed into Old French larc, which was discarded.

Pronunciation

Adjective

large (plural larges)

  1. wide, broad
    • Wide definition
      Having a large physical extent from side to side. (1 of 9 wide definitions)
  2. large
  3. generous

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Noun

large m (plural larges)

  1. open sea
  2. width

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Descendants
  • Antillean Creole: laj
  • Haitian Creole: laj
  • Karipúna Creole French: laj
  • Louisiana Creole French: laj, larj

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Latin

Etymology 1

Adverb

largē (comparative largius, superlative largissimē)

  1. munificently, generously, liberally.
    • Generously definition
      In a generous manner, in a way that is giving or ample.
  2. abundantly, copiously.
  3. to a great extent.

Etymology 2

Adjective

large

  1. vocative masculine singular of largus
    • Largus definition
      abundant, copious, plentiful, large, abounding in something (1 of 2 largus definitions)

References

  • large in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • large in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Norman

Etymology

From Old French large, from Latin largus (abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much).

Adjective

large m or f

  1. (Jersey) wide

Derived terms

  • large d'bord, large d'run (broad in the beam)
  • largement (widely)
 

Noun

large m (plural larges)

  1. (Jersey, nautical) open sea, deep sea
    Synonym: plieine mé
    • Plieine Mé definition
      open sea

Old French

Alternative forms

  • larc (Roman de Renard, "wide")

Etymology

From Latin largus, larga.

Adjective

large m (oblique and nominative feminine singular large)

  1. generous
  2. large; big
  3. wide (when used to differentiate between height, width and length)

Descendants

  • Middle English: large
  • Middle French: large
    • French: large
      • Antillean Creole: laj
      • Haitian Creole: laj
      • Karipúna Creole French: laj
      • Louisiana Creole French: laj, larj
  • Norman: large (Guernsey, Jersey)

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