éminence griseém·i·nence grise
a person who wields great power and influence, but secretly or unofficially
Origin of éminence griseFr, literally , gray eminence, nickname of François Leclerc du Tremblay (1577-1638), French monk and confidential agent of, and an assumed influence over, Richelieu: so called from the color of his habit
nounpl. ém·i·nence grises,
A powerful adviser or decision maker who operates secretly or unofficially. Also called gray eminence .
Origin of eminence griseFrench the power behind the throne éminence power grise feminine of gris gray, shadowy
(plural eminence grises)
- Alternative form of éminence grise.