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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nobleman of the highest rank in Spain or Portugal.
  • n. Used as the title for such a nobleman.
  • n. A person of eminence or high rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person of high rank
  • n. a high ranking nobleman in Spain or Portugal
  • n. the title for a high ranking nobleman in Spain or Portugal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman. In Spain, a nobleman of the first rank, who may be covered in the king's presence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spain, one of a class of noblemen of the highest rank and greatest wealth, created in the thirteenth century, and endowed with extraordinary privileges, most of which have since been abolished.
  • n. Hence Any man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a nobleman of highest rank in Spain or Portugal

Etymologies

Spanish grande, from Latin grandis, great.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin grandis ("large, great"). (Wiktionary)

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