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grandee

[gran-dee] /grænˈdi/
noun
1.
a man of high social position or eminence, especially a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman.
Origin of grandee
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Spanish, Portuguese grande, with ending assimilated to -ee
Related forms
grandeeship, noun
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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

grandee

/ɡrænˈdiː/
noun
1.
a Spanish or Portuguese prince or nobleman of the highest rank
2.
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
n.

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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