Italian Language/Meaning of 'grande'
I was re-listening to my Pimseleur lessons and was reminded that 'grande' means not just big/large but also 'grown up'. On checking the dictionary I see it also means 'great'. Is this in the sense of being 'of a great size' or in the sense 'this is so good, it's actually great'?
the adjective "grande" can have different meanings, according to the context.
So, it can mean:
1)“big/large“ as in e.g. “Un grande fiume”(a big / large river); “La mia camera è molto grande “( my room is very large / big); “E’ grande il tuo giardino?” ( Is your garden big?); “Il suo maglione mi va grande”( his sweater is large for me); “Queste scarpe sono troppo grandi “ (these shoes are too big/ large); “Fu un grande errore “ (it was a big mistake), etc.
2)“large/ vast / great” as in “ Sono una grande famiglia” ( they're a large family); “C'era una gran folla al concerto” (there was a large / vast crowd at the concert; “Un grande esercito” ( a large army ); ”Un grande amore” (a great love); “Una grande gioia” ( a great joy); “E’ una grande opportunità per lui “ ( it's a great opportunity for him); “Giacomo Leopardi è uno dei più grandi poeti italiani” (Giacomo Leopardi is one of the greatest Italian poets); “E’ stato un gran giorno” ( it was a great day); “Il Cinquecento fu l'epoca delle grandi scoperte” (The sixteenth century was the era of the great discoveries), etc.
3)"grown up" as in “Egli ha due figlie grandi” (he's got two grown-up daughters); “Racconti per grandi e piccini,” (tales for grown-ups and children), etc.
4)”great“ in the sense of being "of a great size" as in “Queste scarpe sono di una misura più grande” (these shoes are a size too big) ; “Questi pantaloni sono troppo grandi”, etc.
Also, in the sense 'this is so good, it's actually great'- often in the colloquial language- as in “Grande! E’ davvero fantastico!” (Great! That's really great!)
5)"high / tall” as in “Una grande montagna” ( a high mountain); “La strada raggiunge grandi altezze” ( the road climbs to great heights); Era un uomo grande e grosso” ( He was a big tall man);”A grande velocità” ( at high speed ), etc.
Hope this is clear enough. Feel free however to ask me again.