A great pouer is a sovereign state that is recognised as havin the ability tae exert its influence on a global scale. Great pouers characteristically possess militar an economic strenth, as well as diplomatic an saft power influence, which may cause middle or smaw pouers tae consider the great pouers' opinions afore takin actions o thair ain.

In World War One; the Great Powers are usually classified as Germany, British Empire, France, Russia and the USA.