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Definition of grande dame noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

grande dame

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌɡrɒ̃ ˈdɑːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡrɑːn ˈdɑːm//
 
(pl. grande damesgrandes dames
BrE BrE//ˌɡrɒ̃ ˈdɑːmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡrɑːn ˈdɑːmz//
 
; BrE BrE//ˌɡrɒ̃ ˈdɑːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡrɑːn ˈdɑːm//
 
)
 
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a woman with a lot of experience and influence in a particular area Barbara Hepworth, the grande dame of British sculpture and friend of Picasso
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