WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
grande dame /ˈgrɑn ˈdɑm, ˈgrɑnd/USA pronunciation  n. [countable],pl.  grandes dames
    /ˈgrɑn ˈdɑmz, ˈgrɑnd/.USA pronunciation 
    an older woman, esp. of some distinction.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

grande dame French: /ɡrɑ̃d dam/ n
  1. a woman regarded as the most experienced, prominent, or venerable member of her profession, etc



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