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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.]
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grande dame(ɡrɑ̃d dam)
a woman regarded as the most experienced, prominent, or venerable member of her profession, etc: the grande dame of fashion.
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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]
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A French term meaning great lady, used to describe a woman who is highly respected in her field.
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