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grande dame

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌɡrɑn ˈdɑm//
 
(pl. grande dames or grandes dames
NAmE//ˌɡrɑn ˈdɑmz//
 
, NAmE//ˌɡrɑnˈdɑm//
 
)
 
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an older woman with a lot of experience and influence in a particular area the grande dame of literary criticism