One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man whose rank or position allows him to command others.
- ‘He is the grand seigneur who loftily told the Scott Inquiry (in the days when we had real inquiries): ‘You have to be selective about the facts.’’
- ‘It was governed by a strict devout Catholic, the grand seigneur, Comte de Reynaud, who like his predecessors maintained a regimented way of life and imposed it on the resigned village people.’
- ‘There he was treated like the grand seigneur of contemporary music, and his quartet soon came to be regarded as the gem of the Festival.’
French, literally ‘great lord’.
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