Meaning of éminence grise in English:

éminence grise

Pronunciation /ˌɛmɪnɒ̃s ˈɡriːz/

Translate éminence grise into Spanish

nounplural noun éminences grises/ˌɛmɪnɒ̃s ˈɡriːz/

  • A person who exercises power or influence in a certain sphere without holding an official position.

    ‘for years he has been an éminence grise operating in the shadows of party policy-making’
    • ‘But the Hutton inquiry isn't the kind of thing that éminences grises and powers behind thrones are used to.’


1930s French, literally ‘grey eminence’. The term was originally applied to Cardinal Richelieu's grey-cloaked private secretary, Père Joseph (1577–1638).