Grande Dame Definition

grănd dăm, gränd däm
A woman, esp. an older one, of great dignity or prestige.
Webster's New World
A highly respected elderly or middle-aged woman.
American Heritage
A respected woman having extensive experience in her field.
The grande dame of women's professional tennis.
American Heritage
A building or institution regarded as noteworthy on account of its age and historic prominence.
American Heritage

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

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