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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
Cabbage, brains, pickles and puff pastry follow in the dining room, dished out by a timid floor boy who also furnishes a menu of marks: local grandees with large estates and many serfs.
Sir William Cash, another Eurosceptic grandee, recalls tutoring the young Jacob in the cause.
State Department grandees tended to see these White House advisers as rivals.
What mattered to the English grandees was that James was a Protestant, saving England from the worst of the religious warfare that was ravaging the rest of Europe.
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.
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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."
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