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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
On the same day, two of the other grandees of English football, Manchester United and Chelsea, meet at Old Trafford.
The opening in the rim fitted under the grandee’s chin while the barber officiated and courtiers gathered exchanging gossip of the day.
Harry Macklowe, meanwhile, was a mild-mannered billionaire real estate investor and social grandee before the gods of Page Six decided to take him up.
But Francesa considered himself an oracle, a grandee.
With harlots in fish-net stockings hanging on each arm, a self-satisfied grandee, shades and ascot in place, struts down a city sidewalk.
Jefferson, however, inherited wealth and prestige in Virginia, the richest and most unequal colony on the mainland of North America: a domain of a few grandees, a paltry middle class, many poor whites and thousands of enslaved African Americans.
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.
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.
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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
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