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    Default dignified office lady

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    'In olden Japan, a dignified lady-in-waiting
    who had her own private chamber or office at
    court or in the shogun's castle.'
    It is now often referred to an office lady
    who has been working there for a long time
    and knows very much about the office, thus
    has some kind of authority, feared by younger
    women (and men) workers in many cases.
    Is there such a short word in English?
    Thank you.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: dignified office lady

    Not that I know.

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    Default Re: dignified office lady

    How about grande dame or alpha female?
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    Default Re: dignified office lady

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan
    How about grande dame or alpha female?
    Itasan
    I suspect it would sound a little ironic.

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