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[gran-dee] /grænˈdi/
a man of high social position or eminence, especially a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman.
Origin of grandee
1590-1600; < Spanish, Portuguese grande, with ending assimilated to -ee
Related forms
grandeeship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for grandee
Historical Examples
  • Since that letter I have learned more concerning this grandee, for such he is.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Tell her you're a Spanish grandee, and offer her a position as Spanish grandshe.

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • The centenarian accepted with the air of a grandee, and extended his horn snuff-box.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • He signed to the girl to retire with the air of a grandee dismissing some vassal.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • He will be falling in love with some grandee next, mark my words!

    Wives and Daughters

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • What right had this Czernovese grandee to demand a salute from him—an English officer?

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • Most likely they belong to one of the family at the Manor, or to some grandee who is staying there.

  • My grandfather was the son of a grandee who had lost all his property.

  • The highest privilege of a grandee is that of covering his head before the king.

    Letters from Spain Joseph Blanco White
  • Can you prove yourself worthy of the daughter of a Spanish hidalgo and grandee?

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
British Dictionary definitions for grandee


a Spanish or Portuguese prince or nobleman of the highest rank
a man of great rank or eminence
Derived Forms
grandeeship, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish grande
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Word Origin and History for grandee

1590s, from Spanish grande "nobleman of the first rank," originally an adjective, "great," from Latin grandis "big, great" (see grand (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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