Definition of Eminence grise

1. Noun. (French) a person who exercises power or influence in certain areas without holding an official position. "The President's wife is an eminence grise in matters of education"

Language type: French
Generic synonyms: Important Person, Influential Person, Personage



Definition of Eminence grise

1. Noun. (alternative form of éminence grise) ¹

2. Noun. A secret or unofficial decision-maker; the power behind the throne. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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eminence grise (current term)
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Literary usage of Eminence grise

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1. A Dictionary of Names, Nicknames and Surnames, of Persons, Places and Things by Edward Latham (1904)
"eminence grise, L'. A surname of Pdre Joseph (Francois Leclerc, Marquis du Tremblay), ... eminence grise, L'. Emmanuel's Land, v. Delectable Mountains. ..."

2. The Secret War: The Office of Strategic Services in World War II edited by George C. Chalou (1995)
"See Pierre Assouline, Une eminence grise. 23. Colonel Villeneuve was the head of the information services in Algiers and was assisted by Commanding Officers ..."

3. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"... Mainz, and Cologne), and the Grand Master of the Knights of Saint John. At present the title is given to cardinals only. eminence grise ..."

4. Sobriquets and Nicknames by Albert Romer Frey (1887)
"... the following was written upon him: — Ci Kit, au Choeur de cette Église, Su petite eminence grise; ..."

5. History of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1899)
"... JI- Gfi L'eminence grise is no other than Cardinal Richelieu. When i1 bowed to him he would pretend to be reading his breviary ii the impression that he ..."

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