grand seigneur

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grand seigneur

(ɡrɑ̃ sɛɲœr)
n, pl grands seigneurs (ɡrɑ̃ sɛɲœr)
often ironic a dignified or aristocratic man
[literally: great lord]
References in classic literature ?
He was that absent-minded crank, a grand seigneur husband who was in no one's way, and far from spoiling the high tone and general impression of the drawing room, he served, by the contrast he presented to her, as an advantageous background to his elegant and tactful wife.
A grand seigneur combined with a great connoisseur," opined the other heavily.
In manner, something of the grand seigneur still clung to him, so that he even ripped you up with an air, and I have been told that he was a RACONTEUR [storyteller] of repute.