grand master


Definition of grand master

1 : the chief officer of a principal lodge in various fraternal orders (such as Freemasonry)
2 : an expert player (as of chess) who has consistently scored high in international competition

Examples of grand master in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-five years ago Garry Kasparov became the first chess grand master to lose to a computer. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 A few weeks later, Susan introduced me to Kumu Ipolani Vaughan, a grand master in many traditional Hawaiian disciplines, from hula to the Hawaiian language. Whitney Robinson, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2021 Over time, players—including grand master Larry Kaufman in his 2004 book The Chess Advantage in Black and White: Opening Moves of the Grandmasters—have argued that, if played perfectly, the white side should always win. Chazz Mair, Wired, 8 Mar. 2021 Wolff is a chess grand master who won the U.S. Chess Championship in 1992 and 1995. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2021 The judge found that Seay, a Freemason currently serving as most honorable grand master for The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona, lives at the organization's lodge in south Phoenix. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 24 Oct. 2020 His stiff, dutiful portrait of Alof de Wignacourt, the grand master of the order, hangs in the Louvre. Teju Cole, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2020 Van Wely is a chess grand master and Dutch chess champion, who was once ranked in the top 10 chess players in the world. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, 23 June 2020 Over the next 600 pages, Grayling proceeds to summarize the thinking of philosophy’s grand masters from the pre-Socratics to the modern analytic philosophers of language. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grand master

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Grand master.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand master

: an expert player in chess who has scored very high in international competition


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