One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A major World Championship motor race; especially the long-established Grands Prix races which have priority in fixing the international motor racing calendar.
1940s; earliest use found in The Times. From French grande épreuve, lit. ‘great test’ from grande, feminine of grand + épreuve.
grande épreuve/ˌɡrɒnd eɪˈprəːv/
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