grande dame

[gran dam, deym; French grahnd dam]
noun, plural grandes dames [gran damz, deymz; French grahnd dam] .
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.

Origin:
1735–45; < French: literally, great lady

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grande dame (ɡrɑ̃d dam)
 
n
a woman regarded as the most experienced, prominent, or venerable member of her profession, etc: the grande dame of fashion

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