Arch vs Grand - What's the difference?

arch | grand |

As a noun arch

is (senseid)an inverted u shape or arch can be (obsolete) a chief.

As a verb arch

is to form into an arch shape.

As an adjective arch

is (senseid) knowing, clever, mischievous.

As a proper noun grand is

a commune in france.



(wikipedia arch) (commons)

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • (senseid)An inverted U shape.
  • An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  • (senseid)(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
  • Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
  • to pass into the arch of a bridge
  • (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
  • References


  • To form into an arch shape
  • The cat arched its back
  • To cover with an arch or arches.
  • Etymology 2

    From the prefix . "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.


  • (senseid) Knowing, clever, mischievous.
  • I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
  • * Tatler
  • [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
  • * 1906 , O. Henry,
  • A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
  • *
  • Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
  • Principal; primary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the most arch act of piteous massacre
    Derived terms
    * (l)


  • (obsolete) A chief.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.


    * ----



    (Webster 1913)


  • Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence, relatively great; greatest; chief; principal.
  • a grand mountain
    a grand army
    a grand mistake
  • Great in size, and fine or imposing in appearance or impression; illustrious, dignified, or noble (said of persons); majestic, splendid, magnificent, or sublime (said of things).
  • a grand monarch
    a grand view
    a grand conception
  • Having higher rank or more dignity, size, or importance than other persons or things of the same name.
  • a grand lodge
    a grand vizier
    a grand piano
  • Standing in the second or some more remote degree of parentage or descent -- generally used in composition; as, grandfather, grandson, grandchild, etc.
  • (Ireland, Northern England) fine; lovely
  • Noun

  • One thousand dollars (compare ).
  • * {{quote-video
  • , date = 2003-12-21 , episode = The Hitchhiker , title = (Cold Case) , people = (Danny Pino) , role = Scotty Valens , season = 1 , number = 10 , passage = I could win ten grand over there, I still ain't paying a cabbie 300 bucks to drive me home. }}
  • (British) One thousand pounds sterling.
  • (musical instruments) A grand piano
  • Anagrams

    * ----