grande dame


grande dame

noun \ˈgrän-ˈdäm\

: a usually old woman who is highly admired or respected

plural grandes dames \-ˈdäm(z)\ also grande dames \same\

Full Definition of GRANDE DAME

1
:  a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability
2
:  granddaddy 2

Examples of GRANDE DAME

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

Origin of GRANDE DAME

French, literally, great lady
First Known Use: 1775

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