In my eyes, you are far above the grandes dames of the court.
In fact, Eleonore was one of the "grandes dames" now so rare.
The grandes dames who were her companions in their tour through the seat of war were gone to their siesta.
She holds her skirt with her hand as she dances, with stately precision, after the manner of the grandes dames.
The new-comers were led up to the cripple's dumb-waiter, and the grandes dames drew back their ample petticoats as they passed.
The grandes dames turned upon her their eye-glasses, and whispered comments behind their fans.
"But none of our grandes dames speak Russian as she does," remarked Arkady.
She did not escape the shafts of envy, nor the sneers of the grandes dames who did not relish her popularity.
Dick Sheridan had heard from time to time the remarks which were made upon her by the grandes dames who frequented the Pump Room.
She is not of the grandes dames on her own account, yet she lives in their houses as one among them.