[gran dam, deym; French grahnd dam]
noun, plural grandes dames [gran damz, deymz; French grahnd dam] /ˈgræn ˈdæmz, ˈdeɪmz; French grɑ̃d ˈdam/.
a usually elderly woman of dignified or aristocratic bearing.
a woman who is the doyenne of a specific field: a grande dame of the American theater.
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matron, dowager, housekeeper, matriarch, queen, dame, mother, biddy, administrator, superintendent, wife, lady, housemother
Origin of grande dame
1735–45; < French: literally, great lady
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a woman regarded as the most experienced, prominent, or venerable member of her profession, etcthe grande dame of fashion
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