1) N-COUNT In the past, a grandee was a Spanish prince of the highest rank.
2) N-COUNT You can refer to someone, especially a politician, who is upper class and has a lot of influence as a grandee. [mainly BRIT]

He is a former defence secretary of the United States and a grandee of the Democratic Party.

English dictionary. 2008.


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