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Examples of grandee in a Sentence
only a Spanish grandee—and no one of lesser rank—can address comments to the king and queen of Spain
Recent Examples of grandee from the Web
The National Front, whose leader Marine Le Pen has faced criticism from party grandees after losing to Macron in the presidential runoff performance, will win between one and five seats.
At the 2002 Rex ball, the grandees of the predominantly white organization and their wives queued up for face time with the African-American candidate, whom many saw him as a savior who would deliver the city from a politically corrupt past.
Saxon was the John Cheever of gag cartoonists, whose evocations of self-satisfied but oblivious suburban grandees yielded 92 covers and 725 cartoons for The New Yorker.
Grandees have been coming here since the Romans, with their unerring nose for real estate, founded it, from the lords of Genoa and Milan to today’s fashion elite.
The result was a vindication for Sanchez, who was ousted by party grandees in September against the wishes of the rank-and-file membership.
The genteel decor takes its cues from the quintas (farms) of local wine grandees, and each room features photographs and accessories contributed by a different Portuguese winemaker.
Etched onto it is a circle of faces of superannuated ÖVP grandees.
Lots of unskilled workers, notably Irish and German Catholics, resented New England grandees for asking them to fight to free the slaves, and suspected that wealthy Yankees saw emancipation as a source of cheap black labour.
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Did You Know?
In Medieval Spain and Portugal, the "grandes" ("great ones," from Latin grandis, meaning "great") were at the pinnacle of the ranks of rich and powerful nobles. A grandee (as it came to be spelled in English) could wear a hat in the presence of the king and queen - the height of privilege - and he alone could address a letter directly to royalty. (Even Christopher Columbus had to direct his reports of the New World to an important noble at court, who read them to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.) Today the term can still be applied to nobility, but it can also be used for anyone of importance and influence anywhere, such as the "pin-striped grandees of London's financial district."
Origin and Etymology of grandee
First Known Use: 1593See Words from the same year
Synonymsgentleman, lord, milord, nobleman, peer
Related Wordscountry gentleman, squire; cavalier, chevalier, knight; don, hidalgo, nabob, nawab, seigneur, seignior, sheikh (or sheik); baron, baronet, count, duke, earl, esquire, marchese, margrave, marquess (or marquis), master, prince, princelet, princeling, raja, viscount; lordship, sire [archaic]
Near Antonymsboor, churl, cottar (or cotter), fellah, peasant, peon; commoner, pleb, plebeian; proletarian; toiler
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