[doi-en; French dwa-yen]
noun, plural doyennes [doi-enz; French dwa-yen] .
a woman who is the senior member, as in age or rank, of a group, class, profession, etc.

1900–05; < French, feminine of doyen doyen

See -enne. Unabridged
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