Grand pensionary

   The legal advisor of the provincial States, among whom the grand pensionary of Holland (at first called land sadvocaat) was the most powerful. His duty was to prepare and exe cute decisions of his States. As such, he was a central figure in policy making, especially of foreign relations. Outstanding officeholders have included Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Johan de Witt, and Simon van Slingelandt. The title of grand pensionary was also given to Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck, head of state in the Batavian Republic (1805–1806).

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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  • Grand pensionary — Grand Grand (gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. {Grander} (gr[a^]nd [ e]r); superl. {Grandest}.] [OE. grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. {Grandee}.] 1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grand pensionary — Pensionary Pen sion*a*ry, n.; pl. {Pensionaries}. [Cf. F. pensionnaire. Cf. {Pensioner}.] 1. One who receives a pension; a pensioner. E. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. One of the chief magistrates of towns in Holland. [1913 Webster] {Grand pensionary},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grand Pensionary — (historical) The president of the States General of Holland • • • Main Entry: ↑pension …   Useful english dictionary

  • Grand Pensionary — The Grand Pensionary (Dutch: raad(s)pensionaris) was the most important Dutch official during the time of the United Provinces. In theory he was only a civil servant of the Estates of the dominant province among the Seven United Provinces: the… …   Wikipedia

  • GRAND PENSIONARY —    a state official in the Dutch Republic; in earlier times the Grand Pensionary was Secretary and also Advocate General of the province of Holland; later his duties embraced the care of foreign affairs; held office for five years, but was… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Grand — (gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. {Grander} (gr[a^]nd [ e]r); superl. {Grandest}.] [OE. grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. {Grandee}.] 1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grand action — Grand Grand (gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. {Grander} (gr[a^]nd [ e]r); superl. {Grandest}.] [OE. grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. {Grandee}.] 1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grand Army of the Republic — Grand Grand (gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. {Grander} (gr[a^]nd [ e]r); superl. {Grandest}.] [OE. grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. {Grandee}.] 1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grand paunch — Grand Grand (gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. {Grander} (gr[a^]nd [ e]r); superl. {Grandest}.] [OE. grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. {Grandee}.] 1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grand piano — Grand Grand (gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. {Grander} (gr[a^]nd [ e]r); superl. {Grandest}.] [OE. grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. {Grandee}.] 1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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