Big vs large

Big and large both refer to something/someone that is of a more than average size, extent or capacity.


They live in a big/large house which has 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms.


My husband comes from a big/large family. He has four brothers and two sisters.


However, big also means important:


My company organises a big event for its customers every year.


Don’t worry about arriving late. It’s no big deal. (No tiene importancia).


Big also means ‘older’:


My big brother is five years older than me.


Big and large are also used in the following expressions:


to be a big mouth = a person who is indiscreet or boastful.


to be too big for one’s boots = to be arrogant


to be larger-than-life = impressive, amazing


Think big = be ambitious