grand old man


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

the grand old man of the American theater
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First Known Use of grand old man

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Grand old man.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand old man

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

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