1. A highly respected elderly or middle-aged woman. 2. A respected woman having extensive experience in her field. 3. Elegant, well-educated, an heir or presence about them.
The lady who entered the room turned many heads towards her and they will remember her after she has left - not by name but by her being because she is a grande dame. Sophia Loren, Katherine Hepburn, actresses. Georgia O'Keefe, painter/artist. Queen Latifa, rap artist.