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grand seigneur

/ɡrɑ̃ sɛɲœr/
noun (pl) grands seigneurs (ɡrɑ̃ sɛɲœr)
1.
(often ironic) a dignified or aristocratic man
Word Origin
literally: great lord
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  • The scale of the archbishop's household seemed to me decent and proper, without being that of the grand seigneur in any respect.

  • Mariette took it, and bowed over it with the air of a grand seigneur of 1680.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Then, with his air of grand seigneur, Stephen Glynn rose from his chair and made his adieux.

    The Love Affairs of Pixie Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • Only every Rothwell at the Place, even to the last, had an air of being a grand seigneur, which this fellow can't very well have.

  • One can scarcely say which was the stronger in you, the grand seigneur or the base comedian.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • You are a good fellow, although wealth has rather turned your head, and although you are trying to play the grand seigneur.

  • He had great charm, and there was something engaging in the perfection with which he played the grand seigneur.

  • By the French he was esteemed a high-bred specimen of the kind of grand seigneur which democratic republics engender.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • We applied ourselves to cacique and butio, but we found no grand seigneur.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • Ah, long ago it must be he was French: Some grand seigneur, sans doute, in Guernsey then.

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