grande dame

noun \ ˈgrän-ˈdäm \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

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

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GRANDE DAME Defined for English Language Learners

grande dame

noun

Definition of grande dame for English Language Learners

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



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