grand duke

noun

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 When Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway turned 18 last year, four future queens of Europe and a future grand duke gathered for a photo. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 15 Oct. 2023 Three other future queens and a future grand duke — Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Princess Estelle of Sweden and Prince Charles of Luxembourg — posed with the birthday girl for a regal portrait. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2023 Three other future queens and a future grand duke — Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Princess Estelle of Sweden and Prince Charles of Luxembourg — posed with the birthday girl for a portrait. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2023 The title of duke is a position of nobility below grand dukes and sovereign princes, but outranking titles like earl and baron. Jacob Linden, ELLE, 15 June 2023 Saxony’s grand duke, the king of Poland, and a Holy Roman Empire elector, Augustus (1670–1733) has to be counted as an art collector of the scope and taste of Charles I, the Hapsburg kings of Spain, and the Renaissance popes. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 4 Mar. 2023 The future Alexander II, at the time the grand duke, later said that the sketches had convinced him of the evils of Russia’s peculiar institution. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grand duke was in 1591

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“Grand duke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grand%20duke. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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