grande dame

Pronunciation: (gran' dam', dām'; Fr. gränd dam'), [key]
pl. grandes damesPronunciation: (gran' damz', dāmz'; Fr. gränd dam'). [key]

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.

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