Definition of grandee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡrænˈdiː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡrænˈdiː//
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  1. 1(in the past) a Spanish or Portuguese nobleman of high rank
  2. 2a person of high social rank and importance Is corruption condoned by powerful grandees in government and business?
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Spanish and Portuguese grande ‘grand’, used as a noun. The change of ending was due to association with -ee.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grandee