grande dame

grande dame
/gran" dam", daym"/; Fr. /grddahonnd dannm"/, pl. grandes dames /gran" damz", daymz"/; Fr. /grddahonnd dannm"/.
1. a usually elderly woman of dignified or aristocratic bearing.
2. a woman who is the doyenne of a specific field: a grande dame of the American theater.
[1735-45; < F: lit., great lady]

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