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Grand Prix

[French grahn pree] /French grɑ̃ ˈpri/
noun, plural Grand Prix, Grands Prix, Grand Prixes
[all pronounced French grahn preez] /all pronounced French grɑ̃ ˈpriz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(sometimes lowercase) any of various major automobile races over a long, arduous course, especially an international car race held each year over the same course.
Origin of Grand Prix
1905-1910
1905-10; < French: grand prize
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  • Afterward came an essay submitted in competition for the Grand Prix offered in 1880, but it did not win.

  • She had a passion for racing, and at the Grand Prix seemed to dominate the crowd.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • One expects that, but bad weather for the Grand Prix is a tragedy.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • And Parisiennes have gradually taken to lingering after Grand Prix.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • There are strenuous times in the boudoirs of Paris on the morning of the Grand Prix.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • There was a rush to the Grand Prix, and then a general breaking-up.

    Parisian Points of View Ludovic Halvy
  • The Grand Prix is the dramatic conclusion of the season to which Auteuil was the triumphal introduction.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • She will blossom out gorgeously for Grand Prix, if she goes shabby during the rest of the year.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • Malicious Fate, too, they felt, would even crown with the Grand Prix the number they would have chosen.

British Dictionary definitions for Grand Prix

Grand Prix

/French ɡrɑ̃ pri/
noun
1.
  1. any of a series of formula motor races held to determine the annual Drivers' World Championship
  2. (as modifier): a Grand Prix car
2.
(horse racing) a race for three-year-old horses run at Maisons Lafitte near Paris
3.
a very important competitive event in various other sports, such as athletics, snooker, or powerboating
Word Origin
French: great prize
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Word Origin and History for Grand Prix

grand prix

1863, French, literally "great prize," originally in English in reference to the Grand Prix de Paris, international horse race for three-year-olds, run every June at Longchamps beginning in 1863.

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