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grandee

a Spanish or Portuguese prince or nobleman of the highest rank
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The card was, under its social form, a mere command to present myself before the grandee. No Royalist devoted by conviction, as I must have appeared to him, could have mistaken the meaning.
What had I to do with Spanish grandees? And for that matter what had she, the woman of all time, to do with all the villainous or splendid disguises human dust takes upon itself?
"There are lords and grandees in Spain to whom they can be dedicated," said the cousin.
"Well, yes - it IS a little different from the idea I had - but I thought I might go around and get acquainted with the grandees, anyway - not exactly splice the main-brace with them, you know, but shake hands and pass the time of day."
And mind you, I'm not talking about only the grandees from OUR world, but the princes and patriarchs and so on from ALL the worlds that shine in our sky, and from billions more that belong in systems upon systems away outside of the one our sun is in.
And now the Emperor, with all the grandees of his court, came to the weavers; and the rogues raised their arms, as if in the act of holding something up, saying, "Here are your Majesty's trousers!
There we found nine or ten Black Forest grandees assembled around a table.
For, after having been accustomed several months to the sight and converse of this people, and observed every object upon which I cast mine eyes to be of proportionable magnitude, the horror I had at first conceived from their bulk and aspect was so far worn off, that if I had then beheld a company of English lords and ladies in their finery and birth-day clothes, acting their several parts in the most courtly manner of strutting, and bowing, and prating, to say the truth, I should have been strongly tempted to laugh as much at them as the king and his grandees did at me.
The Tory grandee told the Western Mail mine closures were 'uncomfortable' but necessary to create today's thriving British economy.
The Tory grandee, 83, wouldn't say who he wanted as new PM but he was clear he wouldn't back Boris.
TORY grandee Geoffrey Howe quit government in November 1990, marking the beginning of the end for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Contenders include Tory grandee Sir George Young and Labour's Frank Field.