grande dame


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grande dame

 (grănd′ dăm′, gränd′ däm′)
n. pl. grandes dames also grand dames (grănd′ dăm′, gränd′ däm′)
1. A highly respected elderly or middle-aged woman.
2. A respected woman having extensive experience in her field: the grande dame of women's professional tennis.
3. A building or institution regarded as noteworthy on account of its age and historic prominence.

[French : grande, great + dame, lady.]

grande dame

(ɡrɑ̃d dam)
n
a woman regarded as the most experienced, prominent, or venerable member of her profession, etc: the grande dame of fashion.

grande dame

(ˈgrɑn ˈdɑm, ˈgrɑnd)

n., pl. grandes dames (ˈgrɑn ˈdɑmz, ˈgrɑnd)
a usu. older woman of dignified bearing or great accomplishment.
[1735–45; < French: literally, great lady]

grande dame

A French term meaning great lady, used to describe a woman who is highly respected in her field.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grande dame - a middle-aged or elderly woman who is stylish and highly respected
gentlewoman, ma'am, madam, lady, dame - a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"
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After half an hour's interview in the dining-room, during which they got in touch with each other in an amazing way, Rita told us in her best GRANDE DAME manner: "MAIS IL ESI PARFAIT, CET HOMME.
And she is such a grande dame, so kind, and evidently likes me so much.
Yes, it was she--rich, and imposing, and seventy-five years of age--Antonida Vassilievna Tarassevitcha, landowner and grande dame of Moscow--the "La Baboulenka" who had caused so many telegrams to be sent off and received--who had been dying, yet not dying--who had, in her own person, descended upon us even as snow might fall from the clouds
To all such questions he returned the same answer--namely, that the old lady was an influential foreigner, a Russian, a Countess, and a grande dame, and that she had taken the suite which, during the previous week, had been tenanted by the Grande Duchesse de N.
That again got overlaid by the sans-facon of a grande dame of the Second Empire.
You have seen her; you know what she is: tall, thin, light, imposing, and gentle, half a grande dame and half an angel; a mixture of pride and humility, of the eagle and the dove.
Une Grande Dame s'en est allee J'ai eu un serieux pincement au c&oelig;ur ce matin en apprenant le deces de Mme Fatema MERNISSI car, meme si nul d'entre nous ne peut y echapper, la mort d'un proche reste aussi insoutenable qu'inacceptable et Fatema MERNISSI m'etait proche en ce sens qu'elle etait proche de tous et ce, du fait meme de son omnipresence dans le monde de la litterature, de la sociologie en tant qu'etude scientifique de l'organisation des societes humaines ou meme de la politique par le grand nombre de travaux et d'ouvrages qu'elle a legue a la posterite- Mais qui etait cette femme pretendument proche de tous ?
Evoquant ses projets, elle a annonce la preparation d'un 10e livret consacre a Assia Djebar, une grande dame qui, selon l'auteur, a toujours lutte contre l'immobilisme dans lequel la femme a ete enfermee.
30pm - Judi Dench: The grande dame of the acting world on her Shakespearean work.
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As Streep ripped into family and friends, it occurred to me that I'd thought we would have to wait until Christmas to see Hollywood's grande dame do her stuff as the wicked witch.
The paper has reported that 77-year-old Donka Panova, a resident of Bulgariaas Stara Zagora, is aBulgariaas grande dame of pickpocketinga, and is known as aGolden Hands.