From great +‎ -er.




  1. comparative form of great: more great
    greater yellowlegs
    • 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects as chefs put bugs back on the menu”, in The Guardian Weekly[1], volume 189, number 7, page 32:
      The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters such as ostrich, wild boar and crocodile. Only the city zoo offers greater species diversity.
  2. (usually capitalized) Used in referring to a region or place together with the surrounding area pertaining to it; (of a city) metropolitan.
    Greater China includes many areas north of the Great Wall.
    Greater New York includes nearby parts of three states as well as the City itself.
    • 1990, Chikara Higashi; Geza Peter Lauter, The Internationalization of the Japanese Economy[2], →ISBN, page 285:
      [] statistics revealing that while greater Tokyo has a total area that represents only 3.6 percent of the total land available [] more than 25 percent of the country's population live there.
    • 1997, Virginia Boucher, “Interlibrary Cooperation”, in Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook, 2nd edition, →ISBN, page 98, column 1:
      GMRLC is a regional consortium of medium-size research libraries (17 in 1995) located in the greater Midwest.
    • 2004, Janet Golden; Richard Alan Meckel; Heather Munro Prescott, Children and Youth in Sickness and in Health: A Historical Handbook and Guide, →ISBN, page 201:
      The rate in isolated counties was about a third higher than in the greater metropolitan counties.


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  • greater”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.