grand master


: the chief officer of a principal lodge in various fraternal orders (such as Freemasonry)
: 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 In our chess experiments and the follow-up experiments by Sheridan and Reingold, some exceptionally skilled experts, such as grand masters, did in fact spot the less obvious optimal solution even when a slower but more familiar sequence of moves was possible. Merim Bilalić, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2014 While Hou, Taiwan cinema’s grand master, may recently have retired due to ill health, there may be more to come from Taiwan’s younger generation. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 Nov. 2023 The grand master suite has its own living room, a natural stone bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers, and a Jacuzzi on its private terrace. Linda Laban, Robb Report, 10 Oct. 2023 In an interview several years ago, Ip Chun, the son of Ip Man, who is in his late nineties and has taken over as grand master for his father, spoke about the inevitability of martial arts moving away from Wing Chun, the style of fighting that his father helped Bruce Lee master. Jasper Lo, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2023 Back to Square One Since at least the early 1990s, psychologists have studied the Einstellung effect by recruiting chess players of varying skill levels, from amateur to grand master. Merim Bilalić, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2014 Its online schedule now features a who’s who of chess grand masters who provide content for users almost 24 hours a day. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 7 Apr. 2023 And not just a grand master plan. Elaine Welteroth, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2022 Heyer is the grand master of historical romance. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grand master was in 1722

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“Grand master.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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