Definition of grandee in English:


Line breaks: gran|dee
Pronunciation: /granˈdiː


  • 1A Spanish or Portuguese nobleman of the highest rank.
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    • The atmospheric spot is decorated like a Spanish grandee's mansion.
    • With only 30 bedrooms, each stylishly decorated and furnished, this aristocratic hideaway is the perfect retreat for those who hanker after the Spanish grandee lifestyle.
    • No sixteenth century Spanish grandee could speak in such terms and Schiller was well aware of the fact.
  • 1.1A person of high rank or eminence: several City grandees and eminent lawyers
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    • Its members will likely include chairmen of big companies and other business grandees.
    • When combined with the conspicuous deployment of troops and liberal dispensation of patronage to the other princes and Court grandees it was enough to ensure victory.
    • Resplendent as a political grandee, he was representative of a high point of aristocratic parliamentarianism before later developments undermined it.


late 16th century: from Spanish and Portuguese grande 'grand', used as a noun. The change of ending was due to association with -ee.

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