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English definition of “grande dame”

grande dame

noun [C usually singular]     /ˌɡrɑːndˈdɑːm/
a woman who is respected because of her experience and knowledge of a particular subject: Vivienne Westwood is the grande dame of British fashion.Experts and specialists
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