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grand duke

the sovereign of a territory called a grand duchy, ranking next below a king.
a son of a czar or of a czar's son.
Origin of grand duke
First recorded in 1685-95
Related forms
grand-ducal, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for grand duke
Contemporary Examples
  • Alix and grand duke Nicholas of Russia fell in love, but parents on both sides forbade the match.

Historical Examples
  • Salvinski is talking to the grand duke; and see, he beckons to me.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • I intend to be a patriot myself, and to kill the grand duke of Reisenburg.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He is to have an interview with the grand duke to-morrow morning.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • "I must go and talk with them, Vasili," said the grand duke quietly.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • The grand duke stood at the terrace wall watching their approach.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • He had even spoken to him once at a reception of officers held by the grand duke.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • There he expected to enlist the grand duke in a war against Gustavus.

  • The most costly pictures in the room, are from the gallery of the grand duke of Tuscany.

  • Vladimir defeated Souzdal and Vsevolod was its grand duke from 1176 to 1212.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
British Dictionary definitions for grand duke

grand duke

a prince or nobleman who rules a territory, state, or principality
a son or a male descendant in the male line of a Russian tsar
a medieval Russian prince who ruled over other princes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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