grande dame

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noun \ˈgrän-ˈdäm\

Definition of grande dame

plural

grandes dames

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grande dames

\ˈgrän-ˈdäm(z)\
  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


GRANDE DAME Defined for English Language Learners

grande dame

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noun \ˈgrän-ˈdäm\

Definition of grande dame for English Language Learners

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



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