Grande-dame meaning

grănd dăm, gränd däm
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A building or institution regarded as noteworthy on account of its age and historic prominence.
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A woman who is socially prominent, respected, and experienced, especially one who is haughty and advanced in age.
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A highly respected elderly or middle-aged woman.
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A respected woman having extensive experience in her field.

The grande dame of women's professional tennis.

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A woman, esp. an older one, of great dignity or prestige.
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A woman who is accomplished, influential, and a senior figure in a particular field.
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(figuratively, by extension) A well-known, very highly regarded institution, structure, or large conveyance, such as a hotel or ship.
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Origin of grande-dame

  • French grande great dame lady

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

  • From French grande dame.

    From Wiktionary