Of greater than average size, extent, quantity, or amount; big. Of greater than average scope, breadth, or capacity; comprehensive. Important; significant: had a large role in the negotiations; a large producer of paper goods. Understanding and tolerant; liberal: a large and generous spirit. Of great magnitude or intensity; grand: "a rigid resistance to the large emotions\u201d ( Stephen Koch). Pretentious; boastful. Used of speech or manners. Obsolete Gross; coarse. Used of speech or language. Nautical Favorable. Used of a wind. at large Not in confinement or captivity; at liberty: a convict still at large. at large As a whole; in general: the country at large. at large Representing a nation, state, or district as a whole. Often used in combination: councilor-at-large. at large Not assigned to a particular country. Often used in combination: ambassador-at-large. at large At length; copiously.