Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; – opposed to
largehouse or room; a
largelake or pool; a
largejug or spoon; a
☞ 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.
largesupply of provisions
We have yet
Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.
I might be very
largeupon the importance and advantages of education.
Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; – said of the mind and heart.
Of burdens all he set the Paynims
Unrestrained by decorum; – said of language.
[Obs.]“Some large jests he will make.”
Prodigal in expending; lavish.
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.
Syn. – Big; bulky; huge; capacious; comprehensive; ample; abundant; plentiful; populous; copious; diffusive; liberal.
A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.
Webster 1828 Edition
L'ARGE, a larj. [L. largus; Gr. wide, copious, and perhaps with floor.]
1.Big; of great size; bulky; as a large body; a large horse or ox; a large mountain; a large tree; a large ship.
2.Wide; extensive; as a large field or plain; a large extent of territory.
3.Extensive or populous; containing many inhabitants; as a large city or town.
4.Abundant; plentiful; ample; as a large supply of provisions.
I might be very large on the importance and advantages of education.
6.In seamen's language, the wind is large when it crosses the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction, particularly on the beam or quarter.
7.Wide; consisting of much water; as a large river.
8.Liberal; of a great amount; as a large donation.
1.At large, without restraint or confinement; as, to go at large; to be left at large.
2.Diffusely; fully; in the full extent; as, to discourse on a subject at large.
See also: larĝe
large (comparative larger, superlative largest)
- 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.
- (obsolete) Abundant; ample.
- We have yet large day.
- (archaic) Full in statement; diffuse; profuse.
- I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education.
- (obsolete) Free; unencumbered.
- Of burdens all he set the Paynims large.
- (obsolete) Unrestrained by decorum; said of language.
- Some large jests he will make.
- (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.
Terms derived from large
of greater size — See also translations at : big
large (countable and uncountable, plural larges)
- (music, obsolete) An old musical note, equal to two longas, four breves, or eight semibreves.
- (obsolete) Liberality, generosity.
- (slang, plural: large) A thousand dollars/pounds.
- Getting a car tricked out like that will cost you 50 large.
- A large serving of something.
- One small coffee and two larges, please.
Most common English words before 1923: present · water · stood · #261: large · within · room · power
From Old French large, from Latin largus, larga, largum (“abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much”).
- IPA(key): [laʁʒ]
- Homophone: larges
- Hyphenation: large
large m, f (plural larges)
large m (plural larges)
- Antillean Creole: laj
- Haitian Creole: laj
- Karipúna Creole French: laj
- Louisiana Creole French: laj, larj
largē (comparable largius, superlative largissimē)
- munificently, generously, liberally.
- abundantly, copiously.
- to a great extent.
- vocative masculine singular of largus
- 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
From Old French large, from Latin largus (“abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much”).
large m, f
Terms derived from large
large m (plural larges)
- (open sea): plieine mé
- larc (Roman de Renard, "wide")
From Latin largus, larga.
large m (oblique and nominative feminine singular large)
- (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (large, supplement)
- large on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub