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Definition of the noun eminence grise

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  1. (French) a person who exercises power or influence in certain areas without holding an official position
    • example: the President's wife is an eminence grise in matters of education
    • usage: French
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic terms: important person / influential person / personage = a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events


Eminence Grise a.k.a. Éminence grise: An éminence grise is a powerful decision-maker or advisor who operates "behind the scenes" or in a non-public or unofficial capacity.

  • also known as L'eminence grise

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Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms (1993)

by Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, C. M. Schwarz

[From the French Eminence Grise — 'the cardinal in grey' — the nickname given to Cardinal Richelieu's secretary and adviser, Pere Joseph, who was a Capuchin friar and wore a grey habit.] grief come to grief to be unsuccessful, suffer some ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2010)

by Julia Cresswell

The French expression eminence grise, literally 'grey eminence' for someone ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

and L'Eminence Grise (1874), have received high encomiums. Though not to be ranked among painters of the first class, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of France (2008)

by Gino Raymond

The term eminence grise (grey eminence) was originally coined to refer to Richelieu's secretary, Pere Joseph. RIF WAR (1925—1926). Rebellion in Morocco that began as armed resistance to the Spanish army by the Berber mountain tribes in ...

Google previewThe Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism (2007)

by Olivier Roy, Antoine Sfeir

Another member of the HCS was the minister of defense in the outgoing government, General Kha- led Nezzar, the army leader, widely seen as the eminence grise behind developments in Algeria. A powerful High Council for Security also ...

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