variants also grande dames
plural of grande dame
as in dowagers
a dignified usually elderly woman of some rank or authority the city's grandes dames still hold considerable sway in its cultural life

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“Grandes dames.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/grandes%20dames. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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