American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a nobleman of highest rank in Spain or Portugal
- From Latin grandis ("large, great"). (Wiktionary)
- Spanish grande, from Latin grandis, great. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Millionaire and pauper, titled grandee and weeping immigrant, Ismay, the head of the White Star Company, and Jack Jones from the stoke hole were surrounded instantly.”
“It did happen by accident that I had to go to the house of a man whom perhaps you would call a grandee, and to meet grandees there.”
“Perhaps he'll enjoy one day being of kafir status. .though of course being a 'grandee' he may expect special treatment and a little rule bending ..”
“a grandee is a more harmless animal by far than an Irish Papist.”
“Omi, "grandee", title, applied to chiefs of conquest, and to subjects holding court office; higher than muraji; inferior title in Temmu's peerage”
“Lord Mandelson wants to be seen as Labour 'grandee”
“Sir Richard Sykes, the Huddersfield-born City grandee, is in a typically frank mood after his unceremonious ousting from Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation ENRC, just three years after the obscure Kazakh mining group hired him to confer credibility on the run-up to its London flotation.”
“Every younger son of a would-be grandee wanted a commission.”
“Long before that, in 1759 Washington took up the life he had wanted all along as a Virginia grandee.”
“• And we note that the full-page ad castigating David Cameron and his coalition for "morally untenable" arms sales to repressive regimes was signed by Lib Dem grandee Lord Steel of Aikwood.”
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