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

the grand old man of the American theater
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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grand old man was in 1838

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

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