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grande dame

noun \ˈgrän-ˈdäm\

Simple Definition of grande dame

  • : a usually old woman who is highly admired or respected

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grande dame


grandes dames

play \-ˈdäm(z)\ also

grande dames

  1. 1 :  a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability

  2. 2 :  granddaddy 2

Examples of grande dame in a sentence

  1. <the city's grandes dames still hold considerable sway in its cultural life>

Origin and Etymology of grande dame

French, literally, great lady

First Known Use: 1775

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