noun, plural é·mi·nences grises [French ey-mee-nahns -greez]. /French eɪ mi nɑ̃s ˈgriz/.
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Example sentences from the Web for éminence grise
Even before his long career in government ended, he was an éminence grise in American public life.
“He was very bitter,” says longtime Granite State Republican eminence and former state attorney general Tom Rath.
The eminence was asked, the next morning, “Well, you've met the young Yeats— what did you think of him?”
Bill Clinton could have a relationship with an intern and still be greeted as an éminence grise years later.How to Survive a Sex Scandal: Mark Sanford Edition|David Freedlander|April 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Or, in the case of Bob Dole, they retired to a sort of a bipartisan eminence and were mostly forgotten.Ghost of Mitt Romney, Hanging Around Since November, to Appear at CPAC|David Freedlander|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All parties have borne testimony to the value of his services, and the eminence of his talents.
He who has attained it grows giddy, and the fiercest winds are summoned to blow him from his eminence.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
He was the son of a miller, and raised himself to eminence by his great talent and genius as a painter.
There was another theory promulgated many years back by certain people of some degree of eminence in their own walk in life.Antonio Stradivari|Horace William Petherick
We did not perceive the little town until we had surmounted the last eminence and were in its immediate vicinity.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for éminence grise
noun plural éminences grises (eminɑ̃s ɡriz)
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Cultural definitions for éminence grise
A person who wields power behind the scenes: “The king's brother-in-law is his éminence grise; he has enormous influence, though he is rarely in the public eye.” A French term meaning “gray eminence.”