grand master

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grand master

or grand·mas·ter (grănd′măs′tər)
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

(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,

1. a chess player in the highest class of ability.
2. any person at the highest level of achievement.
References in classic literature ?
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.
contempt by the Most Eminent Grand Masters, Grand Chancellors, Great
When told of being named a Grand Master, Mosley said, "Receiving the Grand Master Award is the apex of my career as a crime writer; as a writer.
It is a huge honour to be made Grand Master," the grandfather and businessman said.
The Masters is a huge platform for the 22-year-old local star -- who was crowned Grand Master in the Asian Championships in Al Ain last month -- as he sets his sights on the Chess World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, next month.
The Grand Master also addressed the issue of continued attacks on Orange halls including a recent arson attack at nearby Ballytyrone Orange hall.