grand master


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grand master

or grand·mas·ter (grănd′măs′tər)
n.
1. A chess player regarded as having the highest level of ability.
2. A person of the highest competence or achievement in a field.

Grand Master

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the title borne by the head of any of various societies, orders, and other organizations, such as the Templars or Freemasons, or the various martial arts

grand′ mas′ter

or grand′mas′ter,


n.
1. a chess player in the highest class of ability.
2. any person at the highest level of achievement.
[1720–25]
References in classic literature ?
When he had lain there some time, he was told to get up, and a white leather apron, such as the others wore, was put on him: he was given a trowel and three pairs of gloves, and then the Grand Master addressed him.
In our temples we recognize no other distinctions," read the Grand Master, "but those between virtue and vice.
The Grand Master proposed that the last duty should be performed, and the distinguished dignitary who bore the title of "Collector of Alms" went round to all the brothers.
Our grand master is still to be named; for like royal kings of old times, we find the headwaters of our fraternity in nothing short of the great gods themselves.
For my vow,'' said the Templar, ``our Grand Master hath granted me a dispensation.
What thou sayst is passing true, but I like not the privileges acquired by the dispensation of the Grand Master, and the merit acquired by the slaughter of three hundred Saracens.
These towns have each a governor, whom they call gadare, over whom is the educ, or lieutenant, and both accountable to an officer called the afamacon, or mouth of the King; because he receives the revenues, which he pays into the hands of the relatinafala, or grand master of the household: sometimes the Emperor creates a ratz, or viceroy, general over all the empire, who is superior to all his other officers.
exclaimed the Grand Master, letting the hand fall in astonishment.
Oh, I see,' exclaimed the Grand Master, looking extremely pleased; 'yes, yes--good, good--better and better.
Quilp bade him good day; the perpetual Grand Master of the Glorious Apollers, elevating his hat in honour of Mrs Quilp, dropped it carelessly on the side of his head again, and disappeared with a flourish.
Sunset found Saladin Lord of Palestine, the Christian chivalry strewn in heaps upon the field, and the King of Jerusalem, the Grand Master of the Templars, and Raynauld of Chatillon, captives in the Sultan's tent.
contempt by the Most Eminent Grand Masters, Grand Chancellors, Great