[French grahn pree]
- (sometimes lowercase) any of various major automobile races over a long, arduous course, especially an international car race held each year over the same course.
Origin of Grand Prix
1905–10; < French: grand prize
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- any of a series of formula motor races held to determine the annual Drivers' World Championship
- (as modifier)a Grand Prix car
- horse racing a race for three-year-old horses run at Maisons Lafitte near Paris
- a very important competitive event in various other sports, such as athletics, snooker, or powerboating
French: great prize
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Word Origin and History for grand prix
1863, French, literally "great prize," originally in English in reference to the Grand Prix de Paris, international horse race for three-year-olds, run every June at Longchamps beginning in 1863.
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