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gran·dee

 (grăn-dē′)
n.
1.
a. A nobleman of the highest rank in Spain or Portugal.
b. Used as the title for such a nobleman.
2. A person of eminence or high rank.

[Spanish grande, from Latin grandis, great.]

grandee

(ɡrænˈdiː)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a Spanish or Portuguese prince or nobleman of the highest rank
2. a man of great rank or eminence
[C16: from Spanish grande]
granˈdeeship n

gran•dee

(grænˈdi)

n.
a man of high social position or eminence, esp. a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman.
[1590–1600; < Sp, Portuguese grande, with ending assimilated to -ee]
gran•dee′ship, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grandee - a nobleman of highest rank in Spain or Portugal
noble, nobleman, Lord - a titled peer of the realm
Translations

grandee

[ˌgrænˈdiː] Ngrande m (de España)

grandee

[grænˈdiː] n (= Spanish prince) → grand m d'Espagne

grandee

n (of Spain)Grande m; (fig)Fürst m (inf); the grandees of broadcasting/businessdie Größen des Fernsehens/der Geschäftswelt
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I couldn't believe that the grandee had talked to her about me.
If I had been in the service of some grandee of Spain or personage of distinction," replied the youth, "I should have been safe to get it; for that is the advantage of serving good masters, that out of the servants' hall men come to be ancients or captains, or get a good pension.
This stout young man was an illegitimate son of Count Bezukhov, a well-known grandee of Catherine's time who now lay dying in Moscow.
Pembroke Howard, lawyer and bachelor, aged almost forty, was another old Virginian grandee with proved descent from the First Families.
Marco was appalled, and held his breath; and when the grandee accepted, he was so grateful that he almost forgot to be astonished at the condescension.
Now they beheld a table of solid silver, once the property of an old Spanish grandee.
When he came he was greeted by his host with the proud courtesy of a Spanish grandee and by Mrs.
would have no inclination for a war on that subject, I will answer for an arrangement, the result of which must bring greatness to Porthos and to me, and a duchy in France to you, who are already a grandee of Spain.
A mudsill like me trying to push in and help receive an awful grandee like Edward J.
Their villages or towns consist of these huts; yet even of such villages they have but few, because the grandees, the viceroys, and the Emperor himself are always in the camp, that they may be prepared, upon the most sudden summons, to go where the exigence of affairs demands their presence.
They had the bloom of health and happiness; and yet, as if I had been in charge of a pair of little grandees, of princes of the blood, for whom everything, to be right, would have to be enclosed and protected, the only form that, in my fancy, the afteryears could take for them was that of a romantic, a really royal extension of the garden and the park.
Then she would come out of her dream, and look round at the grandees of the Gardens with an extraordinary elation.