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 Ahead of the party, four future queens of Europe and a future grand duke gathered for a portrait. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2022 When Francesco died, his brother Ferdinando became the grand duke. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 The villa was the site of a number of high-profile Medici weddings, including that of Francesco de’ Medici, a grand duke of Tuscany, who married his long-time amour, Bianca Cappello, here; their romance was the talk of 16th-century Florence. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 When the Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, took over, the grand duke escaped to Finland then Western Europe. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 1 Oct. 2021 In 1560, Cosimo I de’ Medici, who later became the grand duke of Tuscany, wanted a building in which both the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence could be under one roof. Nicole Kay Peterson, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2020 In 1560, Cosimo I de’ Medici, who later became the grand duke of Tuscany, wanted a building in which both the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence could be under one roof. Nicole Kay Peterson, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2020 In 1560, Cosimo I de’ Medici, who later became the grand duke of Tuscany, wanted a building in which both the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence could be under one roof. Nicole Kay Peterson, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2020 In 1560, Cosimo I de’ Medici, who later became the grand duke of Tuscany, wanted a building in which both the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence could be under one roof. Nicole Kay Peterson, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of grand duke

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2022

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“Grand duke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grand%20duke. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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