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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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British Dictionary definitions for grandeeship

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 grandeeship

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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