Eminence-grise



[French ey-mee-nahns greez] /French eɪ mi nɑ̃s ˈgriz/

noun, plural éminences grises
[French ey-mee-nahns greez] /French eɪ mi nɑ̃s ˈgriz/ (Show IPA)
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/eminɑ̃s ɡriz/
noun (pl) éminences grises (eminɑ̃s ɡriz)
1.
a person who wields power and influence unofficially or behind the scenes
éminence grise [(ay-meh-nahns greez)]

A person who wields power behind the scenes: “The king’s brother-in-law is his éminence grise; he has enormous influence, though he is rarely in the public eye.” A French term meaning “gray eminence.”

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