eminence grise

noun, plural é·mi·nences grises [French ey-mee-nahns greez] /French eɪ mi nɑ̃s ˈgriz/.

  1. gray eminence.

noun plural éminences grises (eminɑ̃s ɡriz)

  1. a person who wields power and influence unofficially or behind the scenes

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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