grands prix

Grand Prix

[French grahn pree]
noun, plural Grand Prix, Grands Prix, Grand Prixes [all pronounced French grahn preez] .
(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:
1905–10; < French: grand prize

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Grand Prix (French ɡrɑ̃ pri)
 
n
1.  a.  any of a series of formula motor races held to determine the annual Drivers' World Championship
 b.  (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
 
[French: great prize]

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grand prix
1863, from Fr., lit. "great prize," originally in ref. 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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