grand old man

noun

Definition of grand old man

: a venerated practitioner or former practitioner of an art, profession, or sport
  • the grand old man of jazz

Examples of grand old man in a Sentence

  1. the grand old man of the American theater

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First Known Use of grand old man

1838

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GRAND OLD MAN Defined for English Language Learners

grand old man

Definition of grand old man for English Language Learners

  • : a highly respected and admired man who has had a long career in a particular field


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