grand duke

noun

Definition of grand duke 

1 : the sovereign duke of any of various European states

2 : a male descendant of a Russian czar in the male line

Examples of grand duke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Lady Milford Haven, the daughter of a Russian grand duke, was married to a Mountbatten, cousin to the king of England. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "Inside the Custody Battle for 10-Year-Old Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt," 30 Sep. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grand duke.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of grand duke

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about grand duke

Share grand duke

Statistics for grand duke

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for grand duke

The first known use of grand duke was in 1591

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on grand duke

See words that rhyme with grand duke

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about grand duke

Comments on grand duke

What made you want to look up grand duke? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

evasion of direct action or statement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!