grande dame

noun \ ˈgrän-ˈdäm \

Definition of grande dame

plural grandes dames play \ˈgrän-ˈdäm(z)\ also grande dames play \ˈgrän-ˈdäm(z)\
1 :a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability
2 :granddaddy 2

Examples of grande dame in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of grande dame

French, literally, great lady

grande dame Synonyms

en grande tenue

French phrase en grande te·nue \ äⁿ-graⁿd-tə-nᵫ \

Definition of en grande tenue

:in full dress

grande école

French noun phrase \ gräⁿ-dā-kȯl \

Definition of grande école

:great school :an elite French institution of higher education for professional or technological training

Campo Grande

geographical name Cam·po Gran·de \ ˌkäm-(ˌ)pü-ˈgrän-dē \

Definition of Campo Grande

city in southwestern Brazil; capital of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul population 786,797

Casa Grande

geographical name Casa Gran·de \ ˌka-sə-ˈgran-dē \

Definition of Casa Grande

city in south central Arizona population 48,571

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

geographical name

Definition of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

reservation in southern Arizona southeast of Phoenix; site of prehistoric ruins

Grande, Rio

geographical name

Definition of Grande, Rio

1 play \ˌrē-ō-ˈgrand, -ˈgran-dē\ river in the U.S. and Mexico — see rio grande
2 play \ˌrē-ō-ˈgran-də, -dē\ river 680 miles (1094 kilometers) long in the eastern Brazil istate of Minas Gerais flowing west to unite with the Paranaíba River forming the Paraná River

Grande Prairie

geographical name Grande Prai·rie \ ˈgrand-ˈprer-ē , -ˈprā-rē \

Definition of Grande Prairie

city in western Alberta, Canada population 55,032


geographical name \ grän-ˈter \

Definition of Grande-Terre

island in French West Indies constituting the eastern portion of Guadeloupe area 220 square miles (572 square kilometers)

Rio Grande

geographical name

Definition of Rio Grande

1 play \ˌrē-(ˌ)ō-ˈgrand, -ˈgran-dē also ˌrī-ō-ˈgrand\ or Mexican Spanish Río Bravo play \ˌrē-(ˌ)ō-ˈbrä-(ˌ)vō\ river 1885 miles (3034 kilometers) long in the southwestern U.S. forming the boundary between Mexico and Texas and flowing from the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico
2 or Rio Grande do Sul play \ˌrē-ü-ˈgrän-dē-dü-ˈsül\ city in Rio Grande do Sul state, southern Brazil, west of the entrance to Lagoa dos Patos population 197,228
3 play \ˌrē-(ˌ)ō-ˈgrän-dā, -dē\ municipality in northeastern Puerto Rico east-southeast of San Juan population 54,304
4 — see grande, rio 2

Rio Grande do Norte

geographical name Rio Gran·de do Nor·te \ ˈrē-(ˌ)ü-ˈgrän-dē-dü-ˈnȯr-tē \

Definition of Rio Grande do Norte

state of northeastern Brazil bordering the South Atlantic; capital Natal area 20,390 square miles (52,811 square kilometers), population 3,168,027

Rio Grande do Sul

geographical name \ -ˈsül \

Definition of Rio Grande do Sul

state of southeastern Brazil bordering on Uruguay; capital Pôrto Alegre area 108,776 square miles (281,730 square kilometers), population 10,693,929

Sabana Grande

geographical name Sa·ba·na Gran·de \ sä-ˈbä-nä-ˈgrän-dā \

Definition of Sabana Grande

city in southwestern Puerto Rico west-northwest of Ponce population 25,265

grande champagne

noun grande cham·pagne \ ¦gran(d)ˌsham¦pān , -raan(d)ˌshaam- , gräⁿdshäⁿpȧnʸ \

Definition of grande champagne

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Origin and Etymology of grande champagne

from Grande Champagne, vineyard area of Cognac, France

grande écaille

noun \ ˌgrändāˈkī \
variants: or less commonly grand-ecoy \ˌgrändāˈkȯi\ or grande éscaille \-āˈkī\

Definition of grande écaille

plural grande écailles \-ī(z)\ also grand-ecoys \-ȯi(z)\ or grande éscailles \-ī(z)\

Origin and Etymology of grande écaille

Louisiana French grande écaille, literally, large or great scale

grande passion

Definition of grande passion

Rio Grande disease

noun \ ˈrē|(ˌ)ōˈgrand- , -aand- , -dē- , -di- sometimes ˈrī| or |əˈ- \

Definition of Rio Grande disease

:a disease of lettuce of unknown cause first reported from the Rio Grande valley and causing the older leaves to become reddish especially on the tips while the younger central ones blanch and do not grow to normal size

Origin and Etymology of rio grande disease

from the Rio Grande, river in the southwestern U.S.

GRANDE DAME Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of grande dame for English Language Learners

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

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