Eminence-grise meaning

ā-mē-näɴs grēz
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A powerful adviser or decision maker who operates secretly or unofficially.
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A person who wields great power and influence, but secretly or unofficially.
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Alternative form of éminence grise.
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Origin of eminence-grise

  • French the power behind the throne éminence power grise feminine of gris gray, shadowy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition