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grandee

[gran-dee] /grænˈdi/
noun
1.
a man of high social position or eminence, especially a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Spanish, Portuguese grande, with ending assimilated to -ee
Related forms
grandeeship, noun
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grandee

/ɡrænˈdiː/
noun
1.
a Spanish or Portuguese prince or nobleman of the highest rank
2.
a man of great rank or eminence
Derived Forms
grandeeship, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish grande
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Word Origin and History for grandee
n.

1590s, from Spanish grande "nobleman of the first rank," originally an adjective, "great," from Latin grandis "big, great" (see grand (adj.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for grandee

grande

a title of honour borne by the highest class of the Spanish nobility. The title appears first to have been assumed during the late Middle Ages by certain of the ricos hombres, or powerful magnates of the realm, who had by then acquired vast influence and considerable privileges, including one-that of wearing a hat in the king's presence-which later became characteristic of the dignity of grandee. The title was given a formal character in 1520 and, under Charles I (1516-56; Holy Roman emperor as Charles V), the number of grandees was limited to 25. This figure was later increased, and by the early 17th century the grandees of Spain had been divided into three classes: (1) those who spoke to the king and received his reply with their heads covered; (2) those who addressed him uncovered but put on their hats to hear his answer; and (3) those who awaited the permission of the king before covering themselves.

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