grande dame[gränd däm]
grande dame definition by Webster's New World
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a woman, esp. an older one, of great dignity or prestige
Origin: French great lady
grande dame definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. grandes dames also grand dames
- A highly respected elderly or middle-aged woman.
- A respected woman having extensive experience in her field: the grande dame of women's professional tennis.
Origin: French : grande, great + dame, lady.